Sunday, March 4, 2012
Middle Childhood Obesity--Kreslee Ketcham
In the United States population 32% of the children are overweight with 11% who are considered obese. Obesity has been shown to run in families however that is not always the reason, and no you cannot blame it entirely on technology. Parental feeding practices plays a HUGE role in your child's weight, some parents overfeed their children thinking that food will make them happy or help them with their discomforts. However these parents are really just setting their children up to lead unhealthy lives, causing maladaptive eating habits and to have serious health complications further down the road such as diabetes and chronic heart diseases. One way to insure your child's future health is to make sure that their diet consist of all the necessary nutritional needs. Yes, i know this sounds like a daunting task but if you really want what is best for your child a simple meal plan doesnt sound that bad does it. Remember that awful food pyramid they made you learn about in health class in junior high, that is your ticket to planning out your meals. The pyramid tells you how much of diary, breads/grains, fruits, vegetables, meat, and fats that you need throughout your day to make sure all your nutritional bases are covered. With portion control, adequate nutrition and a little bit of physical activity a day, you will help your children have the best possible step in the right direction to leading a healthy life. Also, if you think about it, you will also participate in this with your children so it will in turn help you in the long run. So picture this, don't your want to see your future grand-babies and be the cool hip grandparents that can still keep up with the young ones? Take the right step for your families future and think about the foods you put in your bodies, treat your bodies right because thats the only body your going to get.