Childhood Obesity: How To Keep Your Child Healthy
In 2015 to 2016, 19.8% of children in the UK aged 10 to 11 were obese and a further 14.3% were overweight.
Of children aged 4 to 5, 9.3% were obese and another 12.8% were overweight.
This means a third of 10 to 11-year olds and over a fifth of 4 to 5-year-olds were overweight or obese.
Compounding this problem is the consumption of calorie-packed foods and a sedentary lifestyle, both of which are the crux of the problem.
It’s a commonly held belief that overweight children will outgrow their baby fat. In actual fact, about 50% of overweight adolescents and over 33% of overweight children remain obese as adults.
Studies show that if both parents are obese, 60% of their children are likely to be obese too.
This comes as no surprise as parents are their role models!
And remember, genetic predisposition to obesity can be modified favourably by environmental factors.
As parents, you should find out as much information as possible about childhood obesity to prevent it.
An active lifestyle and eating right must be a part of your daily household routine.
Prevention of childhood obesity starts at home.
Here are four steps to attaining a healthy weight:
1. Empower yourselves with up-to-date knowledge on childhood obesity.
2. Healthy eating habits start at home. Make sure no junk food or bottled sugary drinks are kept in your fridge.
3. Place importance on an active lifestyle, have family outings together (quality time with your children) and exercise together. After School Clubs such as the one we offer at Simply Kids are becoming increasingly popular.
4. Limit the time for computer games and television.
In addition, you can use the traffic light guide to healthy food choices to help you.
Green for Go: Eat as much as you want — Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beverages without sugar and water. Fatfree or 1% low fat milk, meat trimmed of fat and hot and cold unsweetened whole-grain breakfast cereals.
Yellow or Slow: Can eat, but with limit (the “sometimes” foods) — All vegetables with added sauces and fat, 100% fruit juices, dried fruits, refined white flour bread, rice, biscuits, fatfree frozen yoghurt and ice cream. Vegetable oil, olive oil, 2% low-fat milk, eggs cooked without added fat, chicken and turkey with skin.
Red — Whoa foods: “Once in a while” foods — Fried foods, croissants and crackers made with trans fats, cookies, pies, cakes, butter, untrimmed beef and pork, hamburgers, fried chicken, hot dogs, processed foods (such as bacon, turkey ham, etc) and all forms of fast foods.
The foods listed in the three categories are examples only and are not exhaustive lists.
If you are interested in finding out about the benefits of after school clubs and how they can have a positive impact for your children then you can find out more about Simply Kids here — https://www.simplykidsltd.co.uk