Childhood obesity is becoming a major, and rising problem in mostly the western parts of the world. This is a growing concern, and must be put a stop to at an early stage before it becomes uncontrollable. There is no need to take drastic steps at once, rather take small steps and reach the final goal at a steady pace. Most children are now noticeably overweight, and this will only tend to get worse putting more and more pressure on a country’s health care towards the future years to come. Given below are a few steps that can be taken to stop child obesity.
Choice of food
There is no point in forcing children to diet, when they can only think about eating everything they see. Nothing good will ever come out of teaching children at a young age that it is required to be restricting the amount of food they take, rather the little ones should be taught to make better choices in the type of food they put into their body. Educate them, make them aware of what eating unhealthy food can cause as opposed to the healthy kind. The more aware they are, the better decisions they will be able to make.
There is no point in forcing your child to run around the backyard to lose weight if he/she is not enjoying it. The negativity that this situation brings to their life can cause harmful effects on their mindset of exercise leading to there being no exercise even when they are older. To make the most of these activities, there is a need to select ones which the children enjoy doing. If they enjoy it, they are going to be doing more of it, thus leading to more and more weight loss over time.
The biggest mistake you can do as a parent is compare your child with someone else’s. This can only lead to harmful effects on their self-esteem, and also self-confidence. If the comparisons are done in any negative way, this process will be adopted by the child even in the future to gauge their self-worth, which will only lead to the children feeling low, while thinking that they are not good enough. Always make comparisons of them to themselves. This will eventually help them grow into a better person over time.
Always make sure you keep complimenting your children with regards to other aspects of the lives of your children. If they play an instrument well, or is good at a sport, let them know they are good while constantly complimenting them. This will increase their self-confidence, while showing them that there are other important things to life, and that your weight does not define who you are.
Childhood obesity is an issue that you have to be concerned about, and you should take even the smallest initiative to make your children healthier than they are, for the betterment of their future.Read More