Many children around the world experience issues with obesity. Is it the child’s fault? Well, no blame needs to be cast here, but parents have a due diligence to make sure that their child or children eat healthy and are active every day. If parents allow their children to be out of control with their eating habits and lead a sedentary lifestyle, it does no good to anyone. While, this may not appear to be a problem now, in the child’s latter years, it will definitely cause issues, personally and physically to the child.
Obesity in children can cause subsequent issues such as:
- Heart problems
- Low self esteem
- Lack of confidence
- Other public phobias
The health problems are the most urgent matter since obese children are in more danger when it comes to healthy choices. Those extra pounds added on can lead to diabetes, joint pain, high blood pressure, liver problems and so much more. Many obese children have taken up bad habits later on such as smoking, substance abuse, alcoholism and other negative things that eventually are emotionally damaging.
Healthy Food Choices
Parents are the ones that go to the grocery store to shop for food. So, the first thing to consider is not taking the child with you to the grocery store. Many children will want to pick up the sugary cereals and candies while shopping with their parents. In many instances, when they don’t get their way, the child will have a tantrum in the store. So that the child can stop crying, the parent will usually oblige and buy the unhealthy item. If you can leave your child at home with an adult or hire a babysitter, this could save you the trouble. Before you go to the supermarket, make a list of healthy food choices for the household and stick to the list. If you don’t have a babysitter or adult at home and have to take the child with you to the store, be firm and say NO to the child’s demand for unhealthy food choices.
Balance the Calories
While you want to ensure that your child eats healthy, you also don’t’ want to make it too frustrating for the child. Therefore, there has to be a balance. So, if your child eats a certain amount of calories one day, for example, make sure that the child burns off that amount of calories in exercise or other physical activity. This will also make sure that your child has a balanced weight during normal growth patterns. Never place your child into a weight reduction program or diet without first talking to a medical professional.
The Bottom Line
You should encourage your child to eat healthy. If you have to whip up a smoothie with the child’s favorite veggies and fruits, by all means do so. Tip a little honey for taste. Once your child has that tasty smoothie, they may be sold on healthy eating. So, what it boils down to – parents should be creative in putting the right foods into their children’s diet so that it tastes good enough to enjoy. Additionally, parents should make exercise fun and exciting enough that the child will look forward to it.