March 18, 2005

Stopping Our Children From Going to Waist!

We can't ask our kids to snack on fruit and yogurt while we eat chips and dip. We can't expect them to be more active if we take the elevator up a single flight of stairs. They only way they will learn is through our examples.

Here are few tips that will help your children from becoming another statistic of the epidemic of Obesity.

Focus on Moderation.
Choosing food wisely is only half the equation; practicing moderation is the other half. Too much of even the most nutritionally sound food is not a good thing. Try switching from dinner plates to salad plates and began putting the food away immediately after serving the meal as an "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" approach to curtailing second helpings.

If your child's extremely overweight, discuss it with your pediatrician who might recommend a more structured weight-loss program you can use in conjunction with these tips. As parents, we're responsible for teaching our children the benefits of eating the right foods in the right amounts. By doing so, we set the foundation for years of good health.

Limit (or eliminate) television.
If you need one more reason to turn off the television, here it is: Studies show children who watch an excessive amount of television are at increased risk for obesity.

The connection between television and weight gain is threefold. The first is obvious—it's a sedentary pastime. When it comes to entertainment choices, television, video games, and computers have taken the lead over jump ropes, balls, and bicycles.

Second, television viewing tends to increase snacking. There's nothing wrong with eating snacks that supply the nutrients and vitamins our children need. But when the television's on, you're more likely to find kids munching from a large bowl of potato chips than eating a small handful of raisins or baby carrots.

Finally, television is fraught with commercials for processed foods and sugary drinks targeted specifically to appeal to our children. The ad campaigns are successful, as evidenced by pantries full of the very foods that contribute to weight gain—high-fat, high-calorie snacks and beverages with little or no nutritional value.

Limiting television wasn't a major problem in our home, but in many households, it's easier said than done. Parents often need to provide a television alternative. For overweight children, the best replacement is anything that keeps their bodies moving—sports, walking, biking, or even household chores. But passive activities such as reading or crafts are still better than television, since your children won't be exposed to the advertising.

Increase their level of physical activity.
You can do this in subtle ways. Drop them off a little further from school. They will probably like that anyway. Take the stairs instead of elevators. Park further away when shopping and make it a race to the door. Make it fun. Create the challenge and you will get buy in from them. These simple strategies may not seem like much, but in the long run, small changes done consistently make a big difference.

Above all set a good example.

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