There are nine million overweight and obese children in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control percent of overweight children aged 6-19 rose to 11% from 1963 to 2002. Obesity has risen to epidemic proportions. This is an epidemic that continues to rise despite constant attention from the media. We need to ask ourselves why?
As parents, teachers, coaches and professionals, it is our job to implement changes in schools, the home environment and various environment our children are part of every day. There are three main areas to look for to prevent early breast exposure of healthy foods, teaching parents how to create an environment of healthy choices and school-based intervention programs.
Exposure of fruit and vegetables should start prenatal care. This is an effective time to intervene when the family is the focus of attention in schizophrenia, parental influence and environmental factors. This is when new moms want to help create the best start in life for their unborn child.
Evidence from several studies have shown a link between breastfeeding and reduced risk of obesity. Mother including fruits and vegetables in the daily diet of her newborn baby, too, will benefit from these better food choices. Flavors from the mother’s diet are transmitted to the mother mild so that the child learns to like the food taste when the mother eats that food on a regular basis.
Invite your child enough opportunities to taste fruits and vegetables as they make the transition to solid foods will ensure repeated exposure to healthy food. Learn to like these tastes early will help them establish good eating habits. As parents, we need to provide fruits and vegetables several times throughout the day for snacks and a part of all meals. Children need to have ample access to nutrient-dense foods, healthy beverages and high-fiber foods. Shaping eating patters child in his preschool years will have a huge impact on their eating habits for life.
Education of good nutrition should not end when our children to school. Teachers and trainers at all levels, need to be alert to reinforce good eating habits in and outside school. Studies have been conducted to confirm the transition from middle school to high school named reduce their consumption of fruits and vegetables by almost one serving per day. Chances are they do not even get the recommended nine to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Our children will be the first generation to live longer own parents because of illnesses and diseases they face as they enter adulthood. Issues not to be taken lightly, our children need to be exposed to an increase in healthier food choices at home, at school and even restaurants in their own communities. Maintain structured eating environment can help create healthy eating habits.
schools prevention should be empowered in all school districts. Children are in school as much as they are at home. Much to their eating and exercise takes place during school hours. Teachers can influence the child’s behavior towards the desired goal of healthy eating. With the intervention of school, teachers can be supported and encourage better lifestyle choices. Studies have confirmed a healthy body means a healthy mind.
Research provided by Science Daily confirmed that children three years of age are considered overweight. Obese children now have the disease such as Type II diabetes, which used to occur only in adults. This puts them at greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and stroke.
Incorporating activity into a child’s life every day is a critical factor in preventing obesity and weight issues. There has been a decline in the movement of our children participate in because of an increase in the use of computers, TV and video games. Video games today allow them to talk on a headset with his friends while competing against them on tv. The only part of his body part in activities their fingers and mouths. As they enter adolescence, unless they are a member of a sports team, most teens choose a sedentary life of physically active one.
As parents, we want what is best for our children and would never intentionally do anything to harm them. However, sometimes, when it comes to food, we do not know what is best to do. As parents and teachers, for our children and ourselves, there has to be a joint effort and commitment to helping children establish good eating habits. Families educate and power through prevention guidance to recognize the impact they have on the development of their children lifelong habits of exercise and nutritious eating. Imagine my sick children, better grades in school, overall healthier and stronger body that will live well into their nineties without various medicines delay death.
Holistic Health Coach, Certified Fitness Trainer