By Norma J. Goodwin, MD, Founder and President
In case you haven’t noticed, childhood and teen obesity, just like adult obesity, has become epidemic, so check out our Childhood Obesity related Tip Sheets. The tips in this blog post are “in sync” with those in First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative.
Here are our Childhood Obesity Tips:
1. Work at being healthy yourself. Remember: experts say that a child who lives in the house with two obese parents has an 80 % percent risk of becoming overweight, and if he or she has only one parent who is obese, the risk is 70%. The risk drops to 7% if both parents are normal weight.
2. Cook at home. The more families eat at fast food restaurants, the greater the risk of being overweight.
3. Give up the soft drinks. They are high in calories and loaded with sugar.
4. Substitute healthy snacks for chips, cupcakes and other fattening, salty foods you buy for kids.
5. Buy more fresh fruits and vegetables. If you can’t get the freshest vegetables, use frozen vegetables.
6. Reduce the amount of fatty meats you buy and cook.
7. Cut back on fried foods, such as chicken and fish. Those french fries, that children and adults love from the many fast food stores that crowd some communities, help to clog up the arteries and pack on the weight.
8. Control food portions. The portion sizes of meals has tripled. We are eating more food than we need. No need for seconds and thirds.
9. Get everybody moving. Turn off the television, go for walks, or go to the community center, Y or fitness center to exercise.
10. Be an Advocate:
– At your child’s school, push for outdoor recess, gym classes, and after-school athletics.
– Ask your administrators about replacing soda and candy with healthy water, fruits and snacks
– Tell your public officials that you want more safe places for kids to play in your area, and
– Support Farmer’s Markets that help to provide fresh, affordable and accessible food to your community.
Our website has many other Tip sheets, healthy and delicious recipes in our Food and Fitness Channel
as well as a special section on Overweight and Obesity.
Remember our motto, or tagline: Knowledge + Action = Power! ®
To you Good Health, Physically, Mentally and Spiritually
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