Is Your Child Overweight? 5 Ways To Keep Your Children Healthy - ZUMI
5 months ago, 15 July 08:36
An overweight child, sigh, It can be a shock if your paediatrician or school nurse tells you your child is overweight. Doctors routinely measure the height and weight of children to determine their body mass index or BMI. At each age, most children fall within a range of height and weight. If your child consistently weighs too much based on this formula, your doctor will let you know.
While it is good to be concerned about your child’s weight, overweight kids are at greater risk of being overweight or obese adults, with all the associated health issues. It is important not to overreact by putting your child on a weight loss diet. There are more realistic and less strenuous ways for your child to lead a healthier lifestyle.
What can you do to help your child achieve a healthy weight?
1. You provide balanced meals and snacks on a regular schedule. Children who know they are going to be fed in a few hours are less likely to overeat.
2. Keep the refrigerator stocked with healthy foods and stock up on healthy snacks, get rid of candy. I recall a mum advising me to treat my daughter over the weekend, so no candy from Monday to Friday.
3. Be a good role model by making healthy choices. Eat with your children and offer them the same foods that you are eating. You are the most important thing at the table!
4. Prepare more meals at home; portions tend to be right-sized at home as compared to restaurant portions.
5. Encourage your child to get at least 60 minutes of activity each day. Put limits on screen time (TV, computers and hand-held devices including phones). Studies have found this change alone can make a big difference.
If you are concerned about your child’s weight, speak with your paediatrician, he/she can help you to start making healthy lifestyle changes. By not overreacting and instead implementing some simple lifestyle changes your child can be on the way to a healthier weight.
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