Childhood obesity is on the rise in the U.S. Making sure your kids are living a healthy lifestyle based on a regimen of proper nutrition and exercise is important to combating childhood obesity. There’s no secret to good nutrition for kids. If you struggle with your own weight and exercise routine, it’s likely that your children are having their own battles with living a healthy lifestyle. Changing your own habits is the most effective way to improve your child’s health.
Children today are being diagnosed with conditions such as high cholesterol and obesity at an alarming rate. These conditions pose serious health risks for your children such as high blood pressure and childhood diabetes.
Avoiding obesity and making sure that your child is as healthy as possible will also better prepare them for adult life and limit the risk of suffering from heart disease and other maladies as an adult. Helping your child to establish regular exercise and also healthy eating patterns can dramatically reduce the risk of them experiencing any of these health problems or potential ever becoming obese.
Being an obese or unhealthy child can have psychological impact that leaves lasting emotional scars. Many children experience diminished confidence which can follow them into adult life. Reinforcing healthy choices as a parent can aid a child’s psychological development.
One of the best ways that you can work to create a good diet plan and exercise plan for your child is to set a good example for your children. By looking at your own nutrition and your own exercise habits you can work to adjust your families exercise and diet to become healthier together.
Researching proper nutrition and making sure that everyone in your family is eating a balanced diet and getting exercise is important. Kids get tuned into hypocrisy very quickly. If you’re not sticking with the program, how can they be expected to do the same?
When making a lifestyle change, it’s important to gain a consensus within your family. Husband and wife must be aligned in making the choice to eat better and exercise before you can get the kids on board.
Hold a family meeting and set goals as a team to lose weight, inches or just exercise more regularly. Talk about good nutrition as a family and get agreement from the kids on what they would like most for meals within the parameters of a healthy diet. Allowing them input will increase their willingness to participate in a way that might surprise you.
Making sure that your children have the proper nutrition by eating breakfast will help them to get more of the important foods into their balanced diet for the day. Eating breakfast can give you more energy and also balance that your metabolism which will make your body is more apt to burn off excess calories instead of convert them into fat.
Unfortunately, cereal, Pop Tarts and donuts are all too often the standard morning meal.
To combat this, help your kids understand how to read a nutritional guide. Once they (and you) understand just how much junk they’re putting in their bodies in the form of sugar and empty carbohydrates, they may see things differently. Take them grocery shopping and let them make the smart choices around what makes a healthy meal.
Exercising as a family can also create an environment where kids are more willing to get fit. Young children crave their parent’s attention. Exercising together is a great way to reward them with something they want most – your time. Walks, family bike rides or a pickup basketball game are great ways to share your time and get fit.
Combating childhood obesity with proper nutrition will not only make sure that your children and your family are healthier, it can be a springboard to a long and healthy life. A balanced diet and regular exercise are a wonderful gift for any child, even if they aren’t asking for it. Just remember that ultimately, a child’s nutrition and fitness has more to do with their parents decisions than their own.