Is your Child Overweight? - How to Stop Childhood Obesity
We are Americans so Obese?
Childhood obesity is growing at an alarming rate! If your child needs you lose weight, you are not alone. Throughout the United States, there is an epidemic of obesity. The greatest victims of this epidemic are our children! Years ago, it was thought that if you were a hefty size that you were healthy. We all laugh at the sight of a big fat baby, marveling how the mother brought forth this ten pound-er.
We all remember going by Nana’s house, and how she wanted to feed us until we popped; especially, if she hadn’t seen us for a long while us. Nana indulged us with homemade cakes and pies, always with a dollop of ice cream on the side.
The 1960s was a time awareness. Man went to the moon, civil rights and people starving all over the planet. We had to do our part by eating everything on our plates, whether we were full or not.
Americans are the most obese and unhealthy of all nations. We live fast-paced lives, we eat on the run, and we eat too much fast food. The government can not legislate the health what we each. So if we are to become healthier, live longer, and have a better quality of life. It will be up to us.
We can avoid, life life-shortening diseases like hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke and heart disease. We alone have to take control and make the necessary steps, to change our lifestyles.
Childhood Obesity Facts
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Statistics
"Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012."
New Age Obesity
I can realistically say, that many of us were taught to overeat, out of guilt that someone had nothing at all. “Eat all your food, don’t you know people in China are starving?” The difference then was, there were no computers, no cable TV, and no X-box, to keep us tethered indoors, to keep us sedentary.
Now in the millennium, children are sitting at a computer, and in front of TV instead of running and playing, tag, jump rope and hot peas n’ butter. Our children are hooked on bad food and the dealers are McDonald’s, Burger King and Pizza Hut.
We have exchanged our children’s health for convenience; the convenience of not having to stand over a hot stove, but sitting down at a drive-thru window and ordering dinner. I am afraid; if things don’t change we will not only leave our children a legacy of debt but a legacy of obesity.
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How to Stop Childhood Obesity
To prevent childhood obesity, parents must understand how to feed children in a way to give them healthy choice without feeding empty calories. Do your research and get proper nutritional fact to help your family eat more quality, healthy meals.
Start at infancy establishing healthy eating habits. Taste preferences are established when we are young. If you get your child accustomed to eating fresh fruits and vegetables and little or no candy, they will grow up desiring the healthy alternative.
To prevent childhood obesity, replace soda, iced teas, and sugar-filled fruit juices with healthy drinks. Offer skinned or lower fat milk, and mostly give your child water. Excess sugar and food dyes can produce hyperactivity or make ADD or ADHD symptoms worse.
Provide slices of fruit or vegetables with a yogurt. dip. Sweet and salty snacks are unhealthy and provide little or no nutritional value and can cause obesity. Remove junk food from your home completely.
Obesity can be genetic and environmental. Obese parents usually eat and feed their children unhealthy diets. An obese parent will often raise obese children, because of poor eating habits.
Encourage your child to get out of the house and move. Do not allow your child to eat in front of the TV or computer. Children who exercise do better in school and have a greater ability to concentrate. Walk as a family play as a family. Enroll them in a sport, dance group, martial arts course.