The children of today live indoors. They get little exercise and eat more junk food than ever before. This means there are a lot of chubby kids out there. Helping children get fit and get back to their normal weight can be a little difficult, but there are a few things you can do to make it a little easier.
Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
Make sure the kids get a good breakfast. They should get some protein, fruit and carbohydrates here. You can make it pretty simple. It does not have to be difficult. You can send them off with a fruit smoothie and a bran muffin. You can always make their breakfast or get it prepared the night before.
Make Healthy Snacks Available
Get rid of the junk food in the house and replace it with healthy snacks. You can slice up apples leave them in a bit of water and lime. Keep non salted pretzels, or popcorn on hand. Saltine crackers and carrot sticks are also great snacks. Put the snacks in single serving portions, so your child does not over eat.
What to Drink?
Keep your kids away from the energy drinks. These types of drinks are full of sugar and caffeine. Have bottled water on hand. Giving them juice is ok, but most juices are full of extra sugar, so your best bet is to dilute juice with water.
Avoid the Fast Foods.
Sure its easier to stop at McDonald's than to go home and fix a meal, but its worse on your health and the children's health. Instead of going to the fast food restaurants, try some great low fat meals for the whole family.
Get Out and Do Family Activities
On weekends take trips out to the park. If you have a community pool, use it. Get outside and get active as an entire family. When kids get used to outdoor activities nothing can keep them indoors for long. They just need to become accustomed to new outdoor activities.
Preventing obesity in children is absolutely essential. We see new studies that come out every day where the results show that obese children are more likely to become obese young adults and that they are more likely to suffer from heart attacks or strokes by the time they are thirty.
As parents it is not our job to determine when a child is obese or not. That should be done by a doctor, but it our job as parents to make sure our children eat a well balanced diet, get enough exercise, and that they are happy, healthy and active.