Tomorrow is Children’s Day and I’d like to talk about something that each of us can do – as parents and citizens – to help kids. Teach them about nutrition, and making the right lifestyle choices, in order to fight childhood obesity.
I see a lot of cases of obesity in young children these days and I have to confess it both angers and saddens me. To keep a child healthy should be a fairly easy task. Kids love playing, and if they are taught to eat healthy, they will. Yet, globally, childhood obesity is a serious problem.
Children can grow obese because of genetic or hormonal problems, an inactive lifestyle, and an unhealthy diet. f the reason is the first, the child must be taken to a good doctor for his or her recommendations, rarely a Bariatric surgery may be required in rare cases, please do opt for this surgery because it can save your child from several problems like diabetes, sleep apnoea , hypertension and cardiovascular complications and increase his life expectancy
At CODS, we have a wonderful initiative called Health Start, which leads the battle against childhood obesity. Do visit the website because we have a lot of really useful information and fun recommendations from Supermom and Super Kid on how to stay healthy!
My rules and advice are simple and very easy to follow -
1. Please do not consider a fat child cute. There’s nothing cute about all the physical and emotional trauma your child can go through because of being obese. If your child’s weight is 10% higher than the benchmark for his/her age and height, please see a doctor.
2. Serve your child healthy meals and snacks from a very young age. If your kid is allowed to eat a burger with fries and a fizzy drink, on a regular basis they will assume that it is a normal choice to make. If, on the other hand, he or she is served a bowl of homemade pasta with a salad, or yummy fruits, they will learn to appreciate that. You hold the power to keep your child healthy. Wield it!
3. Limit time spent in front of television, or on the computer or other gadgets. Encourage your child to join outdoor activities – teach them tennis or swimming, and make sure they play with friends in a garden or on the beach.
4. Set an example by staying healthy and active yourself. If your child sees the importance you pay to exercise, and a healthy diet, they will follow you.
5. Make wellness fun. Bake cakes at home with your children, using organic ingredients. Make pizzas from scratch. Play cricket as a family. Go for walks together. Set the table every night, and eat a wholesome meal of dal, chawal, roti and sabji, while chatting about your day. If you make it fun, your children will be grateful all their lives for the gift of wellness.