Beating Obesity in Children

Beating Obesity in Children

Around one in four children aged 5-17 years are overweight or obese. National surveys have showed that the combined number of Australian children who were overweight or obese more than doubled. That is alarming.

Being overweight or obese puts a significant strain on our bodies and leads to many health problems in adults, such as muscle and bone issues, cardiovascular disease, cancers, sleep disorders, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Many of these health problems are preventable by leading a healthy lifestyle.
Once a child is overweight or obese, it is unlikely that he or she will return to a healthy weight without some deliberate action ie a healthy eating plan and exercise. If overweight or obese children do not attain a healthy weight, there is more chance of them developing weight-related health problems when they are older, not to mention obese children tend to have lower self esteem.

How we can prevent childhood obesity

1. Encourage healthy eating habits by providing lots of fruit & vegetables in their diet. Make it creative so there is more chance they will eat healthier foods and limit sugar in the diet

2. Make their favourite dishes healthier. Some of your favourite recipes could be made healthier with a few changes. Introduce new healthy dishes.

3. Remove calorie-rich temptations. It is ok to have Treats in moderation, b limiting high-fat and high-sugar or salty snacks can also help your children develop healthy eating habits.
Examples of treats that are 100 calories or less:
A medium-size apple
A medium-size banana
1 cup blueberries
1 cup grapes
1 cup carrots, broccoli, celery or capsicum piecers with home made or organic hummus

4. Help your kids understand the benefits of being physically active. Teach them that physical activity has great health benefits such as:
Strengthening bone and building strong muscles
Decreasing blood pressure
Reducing stress and anxiety
Increasing self-esteem
Helping with weight management
Make it a positive experience and always encourage them to try their best....

5. Help kids stay active. Encourage your child to participate in some sport or fitness activities. Attend your local gym... they might have children classes, join up at your local sport facility. Find a sport that your child enjoys... best not to pressure them into something they do not enjoy as this could have reverse affects and turn them off sport all together. Enrol them in physical activities available at school or in the childcare centre. Importantly participate with them in physical activity on the weekend. Get outdoors and enjoy time together riding a bike, bush walking, a run, playing tennis... whatever it may be your family are interested in... Make it a life habit.

If you are parent or a child care centre, school or Outside School Care provider looking at ways to help your children develop healthy lifelong habits then contact Mini Masters in Motion... we make fitness FUN!

Beating Obesity in Children

Beating Obesity in Children