Identify the Problem and
Find a Solution to your Child’s Weight Gain.
If you have recently
found 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 big, and what should we
do about it?
Childhood obesity has
been described as an epidemic. It puts our children’s health at
risk, making them 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
looming over the heads of our overweight children.
It is ironic that both
the problem and the solution to this heavy problem boil down to one
simple equation. Energy In vs. 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.
The Problem: Parents
today are busier than ever before, navigating through hectic
schedules with convenient fast food restaurants lurking on every
corner. Our kids are eating more fried, processed, and sugary foods
than we did as children due mainly to the convenience factor. These
foods are laden with excessive calories that result in weight gain.
The 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? Avoid buying sugar-filled snacks while grocery shopping, fill
your cart with fresh, healthy snacks instead. Make time to plan
family meals so that you don’t find yourself in another drive thru.
The Problem: Computers,
video games, and satellite T.V. are our children’s latest and
greatest toys. Who has time to play outside when you are about to
beat the hardest level, or your favorite show is about to start? Our
kids participate in less physical activity and are more sedentary
than any generation before.
The Solution: Limit the
time your children spend on sedentary activities, such as T.V and
video games. Sign your kids up on 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 the T.V.
As a parent, it is your
unique responsibility to teach your children the healthy habits that
lead to good health. Children who are obese have a greater chance of
remaining obese into adulthood, thus greatly increasing the
likelihood of serious health problems. Talk to your children about
their eating habits, and activity levels, informing them of good
choices 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!
Diana Keuilian, author,
ACE certified Personal Trainer, and co-founder of HitechTrainer.com
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