Changes in Household Routines Help Reduce Childhood Obesity

There is no sadder picture than seeing the struggles of a child that is ‘morbidly obese’, and this problem is definitely on the increase.  Last week I watched a Television program about two children, the older 8 years of age, weighing more than I do, and I am classed as obese.  The younger at 5 years, already weighing in at 140 lbs.  The elder child sadly had a diet that was pure junk food, too much fat, and carbohydrate, a diet destined to give him major health problems, if he hasn’t already got them.  He couldn’t walk very far indeed and had to use a wheel chair to get him to school and back.  The younger child did appear to eat healthy food, but just ate too much of it.

For the elder child one could see if his Mother could get him to change the way he ate, he would lose significant amount of fat, but if he wasn’t given the food he wanted, then he would get into a dreadful state, crying and carrying on until he got what he wanted.  The younger child too if he could just curb his appetite he would hopefully get his weight down fairly easily, but he too couldn’t cope with reducing the amount of food he ate.  The trick is not to allow your child to get to this degree of overweight before doing something about it.

I have a friend who has a grandchild that suffers from a genetic illness called Prada Willis disease, which makes him want to eat all the time, and to protect him from eating himself to death, his family really has to take a very tough stand, otherwise they would be failing him.

The you tube video below also gives good advice on how to get a child to want to eat sensibly.  The article below that highlights the importance of getting a child to get enough sleep, and I believe this is very important as the body functions differently when the child doesn’t get enough sleep.  I also know if I am too tired I eat more, perhaps subconsciously trying to get more energy or comfort eating.

Changes in household routines help reduce kids’ obesity

By Kathleen Doheny

HealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) — Small changes in household routines, such as limiting TV time and increasing sleep time, can help minimize excess weight gain in young children at high risk of obesity, according to new research.
“Improving household routines led to a reduction of the risk of childhood obesity,” said study researcher Dr. Elsie Taveras, chief of general pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston.
“We were able to improve sleep time (and) reduce time spent watching television, and we were able to show that in the intervention group, children had a lower rate of weight gain,” Taveras said.  To read the full article just click on the link below.

The article shows how to make a few adjustments in your daily routine to make sure your child doesn’t develop this problem, and if he is going that way, then note what is said about too little sleep, something that isn’t widely known.  Not enough sleep can make a child overeat.  probably my basic problem, because as a child, at boarding school, I used to read many books underneath the blankets.  I wish now I knew that later on in life i would struggle with my weight because of doing this.  The other point of limiting TV Viewing time makes a great deal of sense, but instead of sitting watch telly, it would be great to get the child out of doors running around in the fresh air.  Sadly because of the long winter in the UK, too many children don’t get much outdoor playtime, essential for overall good health.  If you are interested in reading a book called SuperSized Kids: How to Rescue Your Child from the Obesity Threat, than click on the link colored in yellow.

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