The saying "you are what you eat" has never been more true. In today's society the incidence of childhood obesity is increasing significantly as more people turn to fast and convenience foods. Studies have shown that 8 out of 10 overweight children will go on to become overweight or obese adults, and that these figures are on the rise. Below are five simple ways to help your kids to better health.
1: Make Time for Meals
In order to stop your children filling up on fatty or sugary snacks, make sure your children eat three meals per day. Instead of cooking meals specifically for the kids, try cooking a healthy meal the entire family will enjoy together. Not only is it healthier, it is also cheaper and more convenient. Furthermore, there are several ways to make healthier versions of comfort food, make mini pizza's out of pita bread or chop up some potatoes, sprinkle with seasoning and bake in the oven for low fat crispy wedges.
2: Healthy Snack Choices
If your kids get hungry between meals give them nuts, or fruits to snack on. Reserve sugary or fatty snacks as an occasional treat.
3: Get The Entire Family On Board
Grandparents tend to be the worst offenders in giving children "treats," and may unintentionally sabotage your efforts to improve their health. In order to prevent this, have a quiet word with them and explain that you are trying to improve the children's diet and health and ask them to help. If they are unwilling, factor this into the children's weekly eating pattern, and limit their intake on other days.
4: Get Active
Get children involved in after-school and weekend sporting activities, or play a game, such as the Nintendo Wii, which depending on the game, can burn up to 300 calories in just 30 minutes. Walk to the local shops with the kids rather than driving, and encourage them to walk the dog with you each day.
5: Set a Good Example
Children are more likely to be overweight or obese if their parents are. Your eating and lifestyle choices have a significant impact on your children. Therefore, make sure they do as you do, and not just as you say, it's no good you eat five candy bars in front of them while telling them its bad. If you want your children to be healthier you should adopt a healthier lifestyle too.
Remember, always give your children positive reinforcement when they make a healthy change.