Today, it’s not just adults who are obese. The number of obese children keeps going up year after year. As childhood obesity is a serious issue, there are many parents who want to know exactly what they can do to stop this from happening to their own children. If you think that your child is becoming overweight, the best first step is to consult with your child’s pediatrician. There are also a number of things you can do to help your child develop healthy habits to avoid obesity. In this article, we’ll talk about a few steps you can take.
The beverages that your child drinks are just as important as the foods he eats. Many kids are hooked on soda and other high calorie and unhealthy beverages. You will also see kids having one of those energy drinks loaded with sugar. Many kids now also spend time in coffee shops, where they order beverages such as lattes that are high in calories. Fruit juices are also high in calorie and sugar and therefore contribute to the problem of obesity in children. Better give your child fresh fruit because the fruit juices you’ll find in supermarkets today are highly concentrated and loaded with sugar. Water remains the best drink for your child and even for you. However, there are healthy, low-calorie alternatives such as herbal teas.
You need to help your child cut back on consuming unhealthy beverages if he or she is to get to a healthy weight. Healthy, low-calorie snacks are better for your child if he or she is to prevent or reverse a weight problem. You want to break your child’s habit of snacking on junk food and replace it with healthier alternatives. There are many healthier alternatives, such as fruit, nuts, yogurt, carrots and celery. Granted, these are far less tempting than snacks that are sweet or salty, but you can encourage your kids to develop a taste for these healthier and less fattening foods. Rather than including a bar of chocolate in your child’s lunch for him or her to snack on, try putting a bag of trail mix.
For decades, milk has been touted as healthy. In fact, children are made to believe that drinking milk will make them strong and healthy. Today, there are differing opinions with regards to milk and dairy products. It’s not a good idea to let an overweight or obese child to consume too much milk and milk-based products like ice cream and cheese.
Although milk may not be good for them, children will continue drinking milk because they’ve been told early on in life that milk is good. If they drink chocolate milk, this contains even more calories. A low-calorie option is low-fat yogurt, which is an excellent calcium and protein source. If you’re not entirely convinced that milk should be completely eliminated from your child’s diet, the least you can do is put a limit on how much milk and milk-based products your child consumes.
In summary, there are many ways to help kids to lose weight. For one, you as a parent should start to learn more about nutrition and health. If your child already has a weight problem, work with your child’s pediatrician. The things we’ve shared here can get you started in helping your child get on the road to good health.