Prevent Childhood Obesity to Improve the World

Today children are more obese than they have ever been.  I was a sturdy child, but not obese, but I have struggled with obesity most of my adult life.  Through the many diets I have been on, I have developed food intolerances and other horrid ailments.  I went to boarding school at the age of 7 and 1/2 years and realize that the overweight problem came from being fed a high simple carbohydrate diet, that left me having a huge appetite, probably from stimulating my insulin production system.

The problem with eating simple carbohydrates (white bread, biscuits, cakes, pastries etc) is simply it increases your insulin, and that attacks the blood sugars and when it has mopped up all the blood sugars, you have a blood sugar drop that leaves you feeling really miserable. Today’s  children drink fizzy cool drinks that are either full of High Fruit Corn Syrup – proven today to being one of the most fattening sugars you can eat, even more fattening than straight cane sugar, and the amount of sugar in one bottle of soda is enough for  a weeks supply of sugar, or they drink the diet variety and that is equally harmful as it has aspartame instead of sugar, and any artificial sugar has a very harmful effect on the body.   As well as the sodas they probably only like food that is battered, chicken nuggets etc, and fries, and these foods are not only high in carbohydrates but also in saturated fats and trans fatty acids. Your child is storing up long term ill health problems if they are allowed to drink and eat like this on a regular basis.

When you become overweight you build up fat cells, and sadly unless these fat cells are removed surgically or through liposuction, when you diet you are just emptying the fat cells, and if through circumstances you start to regain weight those fat cells just fill up again.

Prevent Childhood Obesity to Improve the World

by Stalis Ethica

Obesity is an epidemic striking all social levels as well as age groups, including children. Obesity can come from severe health complications, such as strokes or heart attacks, diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Obesity affects on a larger scale because the weight-related health problems may stack up soaring bills.

It is worrying that today the rate of child obesity keeps rising worldwide. Approximately 43 million of preschool children across the world in 2010 were overweight or obese. In addition to this, the life experiences of the children, such as too-little sleep, lack of breastfeeding, and too-much television may lead to the increased risk of obesity later in their life. For that reason, early child care providers should play role in avoiding the obesity epidemic.

Early childhood is a crucial period for obesity prevention. During this period children are establishing taste preferences, learning to speak and walk, and enthusiastically mimicking both healthy and unhealthy habits of people around them particularly their caregivers. Although there are many factors that play a main role in causing childhood obesity, including genetics, there are ways you can help to improve this situation.

1. Avoid large serving portions as often served by restaurants since these greatly contribute to childhood obesity. Provide your children with the right amount of home-made meals that are usually healthier than restaurant foods and avoid giving them sugary drinks. Instead, support your children to consume more water or organic juices.

2. Teach your children to have a positive self-image. You should focus on the positive sides of the child, not the negative ones. It was found that children having poor self images are more likely to develop obesity.

3. Avoid awarding children with sweets. You should find better ways to reward your children for good behavior. Several healthier ideas to do so include taking them to have a trip, to see their favorite movie, to watch sports team, or to buy a new book.

4. Encourage children to involve actively in various school and recreational activities. It is mandatory to begin school activities earlier including swimming, baseball, basketball, or softball if possible.

5. Restrict the time quantity spent by your children for playing video games, watching television, or surfing the web. An hour or less per day is enough to do all these things. Allow your children’s free time more for doing healthier activities such as assisting with household chore or playing outside and bicycling with their friends.

6. Support the school food programs, so your children can have healthier meal options. For example, you can suggest the school administrators to buy healthy vending machines carrying only water, healthy snacks, fruit juices, fresh fruits, and vegetables.

7. Develop healthy daily meal and snack times. It is important to make a vast variety of healthy foods available based on the rule from the Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children.

8. Practice a healthy lifestyle. If you want to encourage your child to have a healthy diet and be active, then you should give the same example. Remember that kids tend to learn all behaviors from their parents including the healthy ones.

After all, for most children, childhood obesity is the result of too many food calories and too little physical activity. As these habits develop in early childhood, the attempts to prevent obesity in children should start early. However, for most very young children, your concentration is to keep their current weight, while the little kids can grow normally in height.

Stalis Ethica is an experienced article writer and a writer manager with science background. She specializes in writing informative articles in various niches.

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The other very sad problem for children is simply they don’t really play out of doors much, even riding bicycles is fraught with danger for children in certain areas, town and cities. Also the fascination with game consoles, phones, iPods and computers doesn’t help either.  

Also don’t forget fast foods like MacDonalds and KFC and crisps and fries, it takes a very committed parent to help the children withstand all these temptations.  But goodness the health problems ahead for these obese children are enormous, and don’t forget the lack of confidence or low self-esteem that being fat gives a person.  As parents we are doing no favours to our children by allowing them to go down this route. They will be battling weight problems their entire life, with all the serious health problems that obesity brings.

The writer of the above article gives good points to help parents prevent childhood obesity.  Sometimes easier said than done, given the rush young mothers have today, especially if they have to work as well as look after their family. It takes a lot of energy to look after young children, and sadly when you have completed a days work you just don’t have the energy to cook healthy meals or time to give your children.  I know going to work is essential for some families, but it would help if Mum didn’t work full time if she has to work at all.  if you want to read a review about a book called Overweight: What Kids say about it, than click on the link coloured in yellow.

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