Identify the Problem and Find a Solution to your Child’s Weight Gain.
If you have recently found yourself fretting over your child’s waistline,
you are not alone. The youth of today are fatter than ever before, and
parents are starting to panic. Why are our kids so big, and what should
we do about it?
Childhood obesity has been described as an epidemic. It puts our children’s
health at risk, making them more susceptible to problems involving their
cardiovascular systems, endocrine systems, and even their mental health.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus, depression, and low self-esteem are just the
tip of the iceberg when it comes to the problems looming over the heads
of our overweight children.
It is ironic that both the problem and the solution to this heavy problem
boil down to one simple equation. Energy In vs. Energy Out. When more energy
is consumed than is utilized, the result is fat storage. In short, our
kids eat too much and do too little.
The Problem: Parents today are busier than ever before, navigating
through hectic schedules with convenient fast food restaurants lurking
on every corner. Our kids are eating more fried, processed, and sugary
foods than we did as children due mainly to the convenience factor. These
foods are laden with excessive calories that result in weight gain.
The Solution: Take time to evaluate your children’s diet. Do they eat
three balanced meals a day? Do they eat at least 5 servings of fruits and
vegetables a day? Are they limited in their servings of fried, processed,
and sugary foods? Avoid buying sugar-filled snacks while grocery shopping,
fill your cart with fresh, healthy snacks instead. Make time to plan family
meals so that you don’t find yourself in another drive thru.
The Problem: Computers, video games, and satellite T.V. are our children’s
latest and greatest toys. Who has time to play outside when you are about
to beat the hardest level, or your favorite show is about to start? Our
kids participate in less physical activity and are more sedentary than
any generation before.
The Solution: Limit the time your children spend on sedentary activities,
such as T.V and video games. Sign your kids up on a local sports team so
that they can run and be active with other kids. Take the whole family
to the park on a weekend instead of gathering in front of the T.V.
As a parent, it is your unique responsibility to teach your children
the healthy habits that lead to good health. Children who are obese have
a greater chance of remaining obese into adulthood, thus greatly increasing
the likelihood of serious health problems. Talk to your children about
their eating habits, and activity levels, informing them of good choices
versus bad choices. Make it a family effort to start eating healthier and
increase physical activities, and you will be pleasantly surprised with
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