Are you making your kids FAT?
A recent study from the University of Washington showed that more and
more 2-year olds are regularly watching television. This sets the stage
for a sedentary life with an increased risk for obesity and heart
Now that last statement wasn't from the study - that was my own
But really, the statistics don't lie – a study done at Johns Hopkins
concluded that a child's weight increases with the number of hours they
spend in front of the television each day.
Are you cringing yet? What parent hasn't popped in a DVD to occupy the
kids for a few hours?
And what about your child's diet? How often do you find yourself in the
drive thru line ordering another cheeseburger and fries?
Childhood obesity is now described as an epidemic. It puts your child's
health at risk, and makes them more susceptible to problems involving
their cardiovascular systems, endocrine systems, and even their mental
health. Type 2 diabetes, depression, and low self-esteem are just the
tip of the iceberg when it comes to the problems looming over the heads
of overweight children.
I'm not telling you anything that you don't already know. It doesn't
take a study done at Johns Hopkins to discover that kids today are
putting on weight in ways that we never did - you just have to open
your eyes to notice.
The ‘why' is simple. It goes back to the basic equation for weight
gain: energy in versus energy out. Kids eat too much and do too little.
But I have to ask... are you setting a good example by your eating
habits? This may be a painful question to want to answer – but the
truth sometimes hurts (and is good for us).
Maybe you've noticed that your child has begun to put on a little extra
weight - what do you do about it? No matter what age your child is -
weight is a sensitive issue.
What do your kids eat/ What do you buy them?
Think about your child's diet. Do they eat three balanced meals a day?
Do they eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Are
they limited in their servings of fried, processed, and sugary foods?
Maybe you aren't sure what your kids are eating. Do some investigation
by observing and talking to them about what they eat.
Identify the foods your kids are eating that are rich in calories but
lacking in nutritional value. Examples: candy, fast food, chips,
cookies, soda pop, and pizza. Replace these foods with fresh nutrient
dense foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats and
low fat dairy.
How much activity do your kids get?
Computers, video games, and satellite T.V. are our children's latest
and greatest toys. Who has time to play outside when you are about to
beat the hardest level, or your favorite show is about to start? Our
kids participate in less physical activity and are more sedentary than
any generation before.
Do you know how much physical activity your kids get each day? Some
parents may think that kids are getting an hour of P.E. each day, only
to find out that the school has dropped its P.E. classes.
A great way to encourage activity is to limit the time your children
spend on sedentary activities, such as T.V and video games. Sign your
kids up on a local sports team so that they can run and be active with
other kids. Take the whole family to the park on a weekend instead of
gathering in front of the T.V.
Monkey see monkey do
This issue really boils down to one factor: Parental Example. Your kids
watch what you do even when you wish they wouldn't, and this is
certainly true when it comes to diet and exercise.
Do you model good eating habits, or do your kids see you indulge? Do
you exercise regularly, or do your kids see you on the couch in front
of the television all weekend?
As a parent, it is your unique responsibility to teach your children
the habits that lead to good health. Since you know that obese children
have a greater chance of remaining obese into adulthood, thus greatly
increasing the likelihood of serious health problems, this isn't a
responsibility that you take lightly.
If your eating habits and activity level have slipped it may be time
for you to turn things around. It's never too late to set a positive
example for your kids – the key is to act now.
Contact me today to get started on a program that will transform your
body and renew your lifestyle. There's nothing better for motivation
than dropping a few sizes!
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