My Kids are Overweight!
you find yourself fretting over your child's
waistline, you are not alone. The youth of today
are fatter than ever before, and parents are
starting to panic. Why are our kids so heavy,
and what should we do about it?
obesity has been described as an epidemic. Overweight
children are more susceptible to problems involving
their cardiovascular systems, endocrine systems,
and even their mental health. Type 2 diabetes
mellitus, depression, and low self-esteem are
just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to
the problems and risks associated with overweight
both the problem and the solution to this serious
problem can be summed up in one simple equation:
Energy In versus Energy Out. When more energy
is consumed than is utilized, the result is
fat storage. In short, our kids eat too much
and do too little.
Problem: Parents today are busier than ever
before, navigating through hectic schedules.
Not surprisingly, many are taking advantage
of convenient fast-food restaurants or the prolific
abundance of instant and pre-packaged meals
available at grocery stores. As a result, our
kids are eating far more fried, processed, and
sugary foods than we did as children. These
foods are laden with excessive calories that
result in weight gain.
Solution: Take time to evaluate your children's
diet. Do they eat three balanced meals a day?
Do they eat at least 5 servings of fruits and
vegetables a day? Are they limited in their
servings of fried, processed, and sugary foods?
buying sugar-filled snacks while grocery shopping.
Instead, fill your cart with fresh, healthy
snacks. Make time to plan family meals so that
you don't find yourself in another drive-thru
Problem: Computers, video games, and satellite
TV are our children's latest and greatest toys.
Who has time to play outside when you are about
to conquer the hardest level on your video game,
or your favorite show is about to start? Our
kids participate in less physical activity and
are far more sedentary than any previous generation.
Solution: Limit the time your children spend
on sedentary activities, such as TV and video
games. Sign your kids up with a local sports
team so that they can run and be active with
other kids. Take the whole family to the park
on a weekend instead of gathering in front of
a parent, it is your responsibility to teach
your children healthy habits that lead to good
health. Obese children have a much greater likelihood
of remaining obese in their adult years, thus
greatly increasing the risk of serious health
to your children about their eating habits and
activity levels, informing them of the consequences
of good versus bad choices. Make it a family
effort to start eating healthier and increase
physical activities, and you will be pleasantly
surprised with the results.
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