Encouraging Your Children to Develop Healthier Habits
Millions of children today are either obese or overweight, causing much concern among parents. There are a number of reasons for this. Junk food is now readily available and quite cheap. One other reason is that children today are more sedentary, spending a good chunk of their time playing video games or watching TV instead of running and playing outside. Whatever cause of your child’s weight problem, though, it’s your responsibility as a parent to find a way to help your child. In this article, we’re going to mention a few steps you can take to help your overweight or obese child.
The type of drinks that your child consumes can have an effect on his or her health and weight. Soda and other high-sugar drinks are being consumed by many kids today. There are also dozens of high sugar energy drinks available. You’ll also find many kids ordering drinks high in calories in coffee shops. Fruit juices are also high in calorie and sugar and therefore contribute to the problem of obesity in children. You’re better off giving your child fresh fruit than canned or bottled juice because the latter is packed full of sugar and more often than not doesn’t contain real fruit. Children are better off drinking water than other kinds of beverages. You can also try giving your child herbal teas, as these are low-calorie alternatives and a lot healthier than sodas and other sugary drinks. You need to help your child cut back on consuming unhealthy beverages if he or she is to get to a healthy weight.
For many decades, people have been made to believe that milk is healthy and should be consumed every day, especially by kids. Today, there are differing opinions with regards to milk and dairy products. If you have an overweight child, be careful about his or her consumption of milk and milk-based products such as cheese and ice cream.
Young children are often encouraged to drink lots of milk, and this habit may stay with them even when it’s not good for them. If they drink chocolate milk, this contains even more calories. Try getting your child to eat healthier milk substitutes such as low-fat yogurt. These yogurts have protein and calcium and less fat and fewer calories. You don’t have to remove milk from children’s diets completely, but you should make sure they aren’t getting more than they need.
Childhood obesity is a serious problem, and parents should be aware of what causes it and how to deal with it. Parents whose children are overweight or obese should talk to a doctor and come up with a plan on how they can help their children lose weight. The tips we’ve covered in this article can help you get started in helping your child reach his or her ideal weight.