Tag Archives: Childhood obesity

Say No to Targeting Children With Treats!

This informative infographic has some startling statistics about the amount of junk food advertising children are subjected to, what children eat, and the unfortunate results.  It is going to take collective effort to help this generation become the healthy adults.

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Teaching Kids To Eat Healthy – Tip Sheet: GETTING YOUR KIDS TO EAT HEALTHY AT ANY AGE

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Teaching kids to eat healthy – encouraging healthy eating habits at any age.

Toddlers and Young Children

Present your child with numerous opportunities to try new and healthy foods without being forced to eat them.  Although they may initially reject many of these foods, with time they will, for the most part, develop a preference for them and become part of their diet.

As parents you have the power to teach your kids, even at this young age, to eat sensible amounts of food by controlling portion sizes and encouraging them to stop eating when they feel full.

Get your kids involve with making food purchases early. At the grocery store, ask your child to help pick out fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods that might be fun and tasty to try.

Avoid offering dessert or sweets as a reward for your child eating his food.  This sends your child a message that dessert is the good food and vegetables are the bad food.

School-Aged Children

At this age your kids start to influence your food purchases. Take them shopping with you so they have some say on the foods you will be eating as a family.

Promote healthy food choices during this time by making nutritious foods available at home and by letting them see you eat these foods too. The availability of these types of foods is a major influence on school-aged children’s diets.

Variety is key for school-aged kids. Children need a variety of different foods each day to avoid boredom and to ensure they are getting all the nutrients their growing bodies need.

Adolescence

As your school-age child develops into adolescence she begins to make her own food choices at school and in other away-from-home food settings.  It is for this reason that you should continue to provide healthy food choices at home.

Continue to be a healthy eating role model. Kids, even teenagers, still watch us so we must model the behavior we want to see in our kids.

Have your teen help cook dinner.  This is a perfect opportunity for your son to become knowledgeable about food preparation and it also provides ample time for the both of you to catch up.

As parents we must make every effort to sit down and eat with our kids daily. The Institute of Medicine reports that the more families eat together, the more likely teenagers will continue to eat fruits, vegetables, grains, and low-fat foods.

Adapted from The Institute of Medicine Fact Sheet “Parents Can Play a Role in Preventing Childhood Obesity.

Are Teenagers Getting More Exercise and Fruits and Vegetables?

An article called “Teenagers Are Getting More Exercise and Vegetables,” published yesterday in “The New York Times,” reported on a study that found teenagers exercising more, consuming less sugar and eating more fruits and vegetables, thus creating a trend that may be causing obesity rates to level out among teens. While this may be exciting news it is important to look at the study with critical eyes.

The study revealed, “Younger children had the highest levels of physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption”. Well, this makes since because parents have a huge influence on their children at this age compared to teenagers.  The report also stated that the results found a racial divide saying “Black and Hispanic adolescents lagged behind whites on almost every measure of progress.” There is so much to be said about that statement, for instance how junk food advertisers target Black and Hispanic communities. Also it is important to keep in mind that these are kids self-reporting and like adults they know what people want to hear.

All that being said, it is encouraging to think that teenagers are “getting it” and that they are starting to make healthier lifestyle choices when it comes to food and physical activity.  Read “Teens Curb Sodas And TV, But More Work Needed In Obesity Fight”.