Tips for Dealing With Childhood Obesity
For toddlers and young children, just simply going outside and running around is
Hi, I'm Dr. Varma for About.com, and today I'll be giving you tips on dealing with childhood obesity. Parents can teach their children about health and nutrition.It's important to teach them how to make healthy choices when they're eating. You can do this by having the children help to prepare meals with you in the kitchen and discussing the meals you are preparing. So I encourage that children eat five meals a day; breakfast, lunch, dinner and a couple snacks. The basic nutrition children should receive emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or non-fat dairy products as well as lean meats; poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and beans.Children could eat all the fruits and vegetables they would like, but when dealing with cookies, sweets, chips, crackers, we encourage moderation. Foods that children usually shouldn't eat are high in added sugar, fat and salt, these are usually prepared and packaged foods. If you cook at home, you're able to control how much sugar and salt goes into your food. For every unhealthy food there is always a slightly healthier choice. Instead of ice cream, choose yogurt or a frozen fruit bar, instead of white bread, choose wheat bread, if you're out on the go and need something fast, you can choose a sandwich instead of hamburger and French fries.Physical activity is not only important for the prevention of obesity, but it helps to develop and maintain healthy bones in children as well as develop good sleep habits and good moods. The best physical activities for children really depend upon their age. For toddlers and young children, just simply going outside and running around is sufficient to qualify as physical activity. Taking them to the playground, tossing a ball with them, or just going for a walk. For older children, they may enjoy participating in team sports, going to dance class, some martial arts, again anything that keeps them active. Parents and caretakers are responsible for both good and bad habits of our children. It is important for parents to be good role models for their children, teaching them to eat healthy and also teaching them to participate in physical activity.Thanks for watching, to learn more about childhood obesity, please visit About.com.