Help Your Child Avoid Obesity

childhood obesityAccording to the CDC 12.5 million children in America are considered obese.

As a parent what can you do to help make sure that your child does not become an obesity statistic?

Dietary Changes – What you eat has a direct impact on your weight. How much you eat does as well. Common changes include greatly reducing baked goods and processed foods, (anything that comes in a package). Replace them with lean protein, lots of fiber, fruits and vegetables.

The idea is to make lifestyle changes you can stick with. Dieting is a short term solution.  Teach your child good habits now and chances are it will stick with them into their adult years.

20 Minuets of Exercise Daily – Require your child to turn off the TV and computer and get out to exercise at least 20 minutes everyday. Unless they have a specific medical condition that prevents activity.  Get up and walk around the neighborhood with your child, it will be great bonding time.

Exercise does more than help burn fat. Exercise boosts your immune system. It helps increase your metabolism. It also gives you a mood boost. You will start your child on a life long routine that will help them stay active and physically fit.

Get More Sleep– Sleeping allows the body and mind to both get rest. It also renews the energy in the body so we can be productive, energetic, happy people. Most experts agree that school aged children need 8-10 hours of sleep a night.  I personally always went with the high end for my kids, and made them get 10 hours of sleep, I don’t think a growing child can have enough sleep.

Keeping our children from becoming a statistic on obesity should be every parents concern and goal.  Starting as early as possible to teach them how to be healthy will go a long way to making them healthy adults too.

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