Whether you watch a news show on TV or use the Internet to stay on top of everything, you’ve undoubtedly seen plenty of headlines about the growing trend of childhood obesity. While many of the stories the media covers are often blown out of proportion, all you need to do is look around you to see that this isn’t one of them. Not only is this trend real, but it’s truly frightening. Since this is the first time so many kids have been so overweight, doctors and other health professionals can only speculate about what it’s going to mean for their futures.
While even those who are most qualified don’t know exactly what obese kids’ futures will be like, their well-informed predictions are grim. From significant diseases as teens and young adults to shorter lifespans, these problems are no joking matter. Since good health is the most important thing you can give your child, this is probably an issue that has you quite concerned. Although it has gotten completely out of hand in a very short amount of time, the good news is there are still steps you can take to keep your child healthy and happy:
Start Now: It’s never too early or late to start living a healthier lifestyle. Even if you feel that your child needs to lose a few pounds, there’s no reason to believe they can’t reach that goal. As long as you start taking action, you will see positive results. Keep in mind that even if it’s just baby steps, the cumulative result of small actions can add up to be quite significant.
Send Them Outside: The simplest way to get a child active and ensure they burn more calories than they are now is to send them outside. Even though they may resist you at first and ask to continue playing on the computer, it won’t take long for your child to start running around and having fun playing outside.
Don’t Buy Junk: When your pantry is full of sweet snacks and highly processed carbs, it’s going to be next to impossible for your child to resist grabbing and indulging in them. By eliminating these unhealthy options from your home, you can create an environment that supports healthy eating.
Pack Their Lunches: Since you’re going to focus on buying quality and nutritious food, don’t limit your child’s intake of it to when they’re in the house. Instead, also send it with them in the form of a packed lunch. As with playing outside, this may be something they initially resist. However, by finding ways to make it a fun experience, they’ll adjust and begin thoroughly enjoying their packed lunches.
Set a Good Example: The last thing you want is for your actions to undermine what you’re trying to teach your child about being active and eating well. Make it a priority to go outside and play with your child. And when you serve them something healthy, do the same for yourself!
- Why You Should Always Pack a Lunch for Your Child – and Yourself! (simplysenia.com)