Child obesity is a topic we need put special attention to.
We are living in a time when the number of overweight children has increased to levels that may be considered alarming, even worse, this figure continues to rise with each passing year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are currently more than 42 million children worldwide who are overweight, and most of them live in developing countries.
The problem with child obesity is its transcendence into adulthood, where children begin to manifest problems of obesity such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, among many other complications that develop into adulthood.
Child obesity is not an impossible problem to solve, we just need to put some attention and care on the food that we give our children. If you have a child and want to help adding up to the number of overweight children, here I give you 5 steps that will facilitate work and help you have a healthier child and therefore a happier child.
1. Careful with children’s favorite food: Fast Food
How many parents struggle constantly trying to give their children home cooked meals but their kids only accept fast food? We all know it saves time to buy a burger on the way home, but if you want fast food, opt for something healthier. Replacing fast food with cereals, milk, yogurt with fruit and natural juices happens to be a simple and practical measure.
2. Pay attention to what they eat away from home
Do you know what your child eats when taken home to your parents on the weekend? What about during recess at school? Something that helps controlling what your child eats is to place a lunchbox with foods prepared/selected at home. Remember to prepare balanced food choices, it must include a serving of meat, vegetables and fruits
3. To start a good day, a good breakfast
A balanced breakfast can be rich and nutritious at the same time, make sure your child eats an omelet with cheese, yogurt with cereal and fruit juice to reduce their need for “snacks” during the course of the day.
4. Children are not pets, do not reward with food
It is obvious that children prefer sweet foods as rewards, not to mention that you may find it is more expensive to buy what children choose as prize. So if you want to reduce child obesity, stop giving your kids unhealthy food rewards.
5. Share quality time with your children
If you take the time to cook with your child, you will have the opportunity to teach the foods that are good for your health, do not miss this opportunity. Child obesity is a fight that needs to be fought at home.
Good nutrition begins at home, take an active role in feeding your children and make sure to ensure a healthy future, it’s something invaluable that they will thank you forever.