“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy
With the changing dietary habits, coming of the new era of technology , mechanization we are being pushed towards a sedentary way of living and an unhealthy way of eating. These habits are leading us to a hazardous outcome that many of us are not taking seriously.
Obesity – The epidemic affecting your child:
Today obesity is a serious matter of concern for us. This epidemic has lead to a surge in co morbidities making people susceptible of heart disease, hypertension, cancer and other ailments.
Obesity medically can be defined as a condition when your BMI is above that the normal range as per your height and weight. It is also a condition in which excess fat has accumulated in the body, especially in the waistline.
If you don’t keep a check on your child’s obesity, you may be pushing them towards sleeping disorders, joint and back problems, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver, menstrual irregularities, infertility, depression, social stigmatisation, to list a few.
It is said that our body is what we eat and what we do. This decision has to be taken by the parents for their precious ones.
How to keep a check on your child:
By keeping some simple things in mind you can make a lot of difference in your child’s life.
Listen to your child regarding his/her likes and dislikes and modify it into a healthier, balanced one.
Let food be thy medicine-
Keeping tabs on the quantity and quality of food
Quantity-Prefer smaller portions over larger ones
-Keep a count on the calories
Quality-Encourage consumption of salads and fruits
-Avoid/limit junk food
-Decrease intake of simple sugars
-Introduce protein and fiber in the diet
Increasing physical activity- introducing the child to the concept of outdoor games and sports
Decreasing sedentary hours-like watching tv, playing video games
Tackle any stress/ anxiety child might be harbouring regarding body image, peer pressure.
Positive motivation-it takes two to tango .healthy minds have healthy bodies.
If the child is not improving irrespective of the above changes,visit a doctor. child may be having endocrine problem.
Remember, at any point o time never go for weight reduction of your child without consulting a doctor.