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How Can I Inspire My Child to Be Healthier?

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Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic among children in America. Consider the following facts:

  • Since 1980, obesity rates among teens ages 12 to 19 quadrupled, from 5% to 20.6%
  • Today, about 1 in 5 children are affected by obesity.
  • The percentage of students meeting recommendations for physical activity declined significantly from 2011 to 2019.
  • In the U.S., childhood obesity alone is estimated to cost $14 billion annually in direct health expenses.

From: StateofChildhoodObesity.org

What causes obesity in children?

Kids eat more than they used to and the food they eat is higher in fats and sugar. They also spend far less time being physically active. Poor meal choices and inactivity is one of the main reasons for obesity in children and adults alike. Together, these habits lead to weight struggles and future health problems. In this situation, proper meal planning and understanding of healthy food portions must be practiced at home.

Learn more about healthy portions here.

How can I inspire my child to be healthier?

In this modern-day of technology, parents turn to gadgets to appease a child. This behavior forms sedentary habits in children, causing them to dislike physical activities, develop poor eating habits, and much more. Teaching them how to live healthy now, while they are young, helps them avoid developing lifelong bad habits. Here’s how:

  • Limit screen time. Set a timer for when your child is allowed to watch t.v. or play computer games. Experts suggest limiting screentime to a maximum of 2 hours per day.
  • Play and exercise with your kids. Have a regular walk at the park or do some fun and engaging physical activities at home, like playing sports or initiating exercise. Encourage your child to join a sports league in your community or school.
  • Have a balanced calorie intake and encourage healthy eating habits. This is where meal preparations come in handy. Stick to serving more fruits and vegetables, only serve whole-grain foods. Cutting on dairy products helps your child have a better cognitive function and prevent him from feeling sluggish all day. Try to substitute dairy products with plant-based alternatives.
  • Make dinner time, family time. The impact of having regular family dinners provide significant benefits to you and your child. Dinners allow you and your children to strengthen your bond and will enable you to communicate with your child better. Excellent communication is key to improving your child’s well-being.

Why worry about my child’s weight?

Being overweight or obese as a child can lead to serious problems, like:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Sleep problems
  • Low self-esteem
  • Getting bullied

You’re a Role Model

Parents are usually the most influential role models for their kids. When you choose to eat well and exercise, your children are more likely to follow your lead and make those choices as well. Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight and the beneficial habits your child learns now can last a lifetime.

Pediatric Care at Sunshine

Need help? Discuss growth, social behaviors, sleep, nutrition, learning and family interactions with a pediatrician. For newborns to 18 years old, well child check-ups focus on developmental milestones, safety, nutrition, your child and your family’s emotional well-being. During these visits you can get recommendations about everything from breastfeeding and toilet training to screen time and how to get teens to talk. Sunshine offers pediatric care with well child check-ups, dental screenings and immunizations all in one neatly packaged visit. Help your child be as healthy as they can be with physical, mental and social well-being and schedule your child’s next visit right here with Sunshine. Learn more here.

Additionally you can share these websites with your kids:

BAM! Body and Mind
MyPlate Kids’ Place
Let’s Move! Kids Take Action

 

 

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Pediatric Care at Sunshine

Schedule a visit with an experienced family medicine provider that is focused on your child’s developmental milestones, safety, nutrition and your family’s emotional well-being.

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