Childhood obesity is a major problem that most of the developed countries are facing today. It has alarmed the whole world as child obesity if not cured during childhood find very difficult to reduce weight at later age. This may result in a number of serious diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. So, prevention is better than cure for obesity in childhood.
There are number of ways that have proved their efficacy in preventing childhood obesity.
1. Breastfed babies are less likely to become obese. So it is always advisable for mothers to properly breastfed their babies.
2. During childhood, cultivating right eating habits is very important to prevent childhood obesity. A childs diet should be well balanced.
3. Do not allow the child to become an addict of carbohydrate foods such as sweets, soft drinks, chocolates, cake, ice cream, biscuits, etc.
4. Do not force child to eat if he is not willing to eat.
5. Encourage the child to participate in sports and other physical activities. Physical activity is very essential for slimming. This will restrict fat formation in the body. It is essential that physical activity should be done daily and regularly.
6. Try to satisfy your childs psychological needs also. He needs your warmth, love and affection. The sense of security derived from them plays a vital role in preventing obesity.
7. It is essential that the whole family should change their eating and living habits. It is not possible that the child alone takes different type of food while others consume the food forbidden to him. This should be done as early as possible. Any delay in this regard may cause weight gain and certain undesirable changes in the metabolism which might be difficult to reserve afterwards.
8. The carbohydrate intake in food should be reduced and the protein intake should be raised. If the child has a habit of eating frequently between meals, steps should be taken to get rid of that habit.
If above eight rules are taken into consideration, it is more likely that you may find easy to prevent your child from childhood obesity.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.
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