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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Is Your Child Obese?



Medline Plus defines obesity as having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight.

Kids will tend to imitate what they see. If they learn to find comfort in food at an early age, they might continue this type of comfort throughout life. Parents are you giving your little ones too much too eat? Have you considered you are doing more harm to them?

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Even first lady Michelle Obama knows the importance of healthy eating. The video below shows a program that she has started “Let’s Move.”



“Let’s Move” is a great goal. First Lady Michelle Obama is sending this message nationwide. I know this is a great example. Michelle is a great mentor for others to follow. Have you ever considered that your obese child affects the entire family? Have you ever considered it a family concern? Have you thought of ways to act as a family to help your obese child?

When looking at child obesity statistics, according to Donors choose.org, the percentage of overweight children and adolescents in the U.S. have nearly tripled since the early 1970’s. That rate is alarming to me.

I recently talked to an 18-year-old young woman from Libya. The doctor discovered her cancer at age 17. She lived several years in Libya and several years in the United States. She stated that over in Libya she ate far more fresh foods there. Here in America there are so much fast foods and preservatives in the foods. It was somewhat sad, to hear her story, but it was something that made me think about lifestyles. Healthy eating is important to life.

I have often observed others shopping carts when they are shopping. It is interesting to see what foods people are purchasing. Some are shopping healthy, while others are shopping not so healthy. Healthy eating is vital to kid’s weight loss. Do we sometimes take eating for granted?

I mentioned in my article on this site, “How to Prevent Obesity in Children,” the importance of exercise and healthy eating. The article is under Healthy Eating.

I recall a relative that died at a young age. Her doctor talked to her about her eating lifestyle. She would tell me, “I am going to eat what I want, when I want it.” She died of a blood clot. What we eat affects our quality of life. Why allow your child to be a victim of child obesity? Can you help your child make a change? Yes, you can.

According to Medical news today, you can help your child by avoiding snacking; get children out of the house, and making exercise a family activity. These are just a few of the suggestions that are given. I could not agree more. It is important for children and adults to get out of the house and breathe that fresh air. It is important to stay in motion. Exercise is very important to life. I recall always attempting to park as close to a store or building as I could. Sometimes it does not hurt to park some distance away and get that daily walk in.

It is not too late to help your child. Will you start today?

More from This Author on this site:

Does The Teacher Give Lots of Candy to the Students (listed under parenting tips)

How to Care For Your Asthmatic Toddler (listed under Asthmatic Toddler)

Source:

Medical news today.com

Donors choose.org

Nlm.nih.gov Medline Plus



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