To understand how to prevent childhood obesity and really help your overweight child lose fat you're going to have be determined and consistent.
Well meaning doctors say to cut down on portions and kids will outgrow their childhood fat. But will they? Childhood obesity has risen dramatically just in the past decade. So does this wait and see attitude work?
Kids have to learn about which foods raise their blood sugar and how to eat low glycemic, whole grain foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, good quality protein and healthy fats. They have to hear what happens if they don't. They are surrounded with high fructose corn syrup and sugar laden products everywhere, in school vending machines, in the stores, on television.
Are schools teaching nutrition? Nope. With few exceptions, nutrition and healthy eating are not a part of education curriculum. Look for schools that grow gardens, teach kids to cook and have a strong physical education program. Stay away from the ones with vending machines on campus if possible.
Of course kids get hooked on sugar. It's highly addictive and too much is toxic. When kids get wired and their blood sugar is skyrocketing, it's not so simple anymore because they will be resisting your intervention. And it's just because temptation IS everywhere they need your support!
Nobody says this is easy especially when your child is fat and getting fatter. But it's not impossible. There are many families with slender adults and fat kids and that's because so much of what your kids are exposed to is not within your control. So here's how to prevent childhood obesity in YOUR child even if you are skinny and don't need to watch your weight:
How to prevent childhood obesity is to inspire ourselves and our children to reconnect with our health in the kitchen. If you don't have time to cook and no interest, then make sure your kids get a basic education in nutrition either from a class or by buying them age appropriate books about cooking. They will never forget it.
If we are going to turn the childhood obesity statistics around we will need to create new, healthy lifestyles eating in a more healthy way and stepping up our own physical activity and that of our kids. Remember that kids learn mostly from how you live not what you say.
Can you be sure that your kids never drink sodas or eat the occasional french fries and hamburger from Carl's Junior? Heck no but if you make an effort to do most of what is recommended above you will have laid down the healthy habits that will make the difference for them of whether they are healthy adults or not. That's huge. They may run off the rails in high school when they see how many of their peers eat but how do you think they'll eat when they are mature adults?
They come back to their roots because they've got healthy instincts. How to prevent childhood obesity is to know what good food is because you are growing up with it.
One doctor speaks out about why kids get fat these days and what do do.
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