Though you might believe premature weight gain is hereditary, it is not the factor in the cause. Although genes do have an effect on weight-related chemical processes in children, they cannot account for the sudden upsurge in childhood obesity, or the rise in teenage obesity. The real problem are the parents…And though there’s a lot of junk foods that are being promoted for kids that’s in every super market, it is the parents choice of what goes in to their fridge. It also involves the parents habits of poor nutrition which revolves around the kids. I am not saying that parents are the cause of childhood obesity, but parents do nothing to aggress the cause.
Every parent is responsible for their kids, and remember, kids will be kids and they will act like kids because they are kids. That’s why it should not be on the child’s terms that he eats and does as he likes…its the parents urgent job to make sure that their kids are getting the right diet, exercise and the right attention too. without right supervision of the parents the children and teens will eat what they want and then they will become what they eat!
Causes of Childhood Obesity
– Lack of Exercise
– Poor Diet
– Technology Addiction
– Lack of Sleep
– Excessive Snacking
– Eating Fast Foods Too Often
– Eating Junk Foods Too Often
– Child Abuse (physically punishing is not how you teach kids, this dramatically changes their eating habits)
– Psychological Troubles
– Stressful Life Events or Changes (separations, divorce, moves, death’s, abuse)
– Sedentary Lifestyle (laziness, being strained for long periods in one spot, accustomed to sitting and resting)
– Depression or/and Anxiety
Now Read the Outcome of Childhood Obesity
Now lets look at some of the few major risks of childhood obesity. Researchers have found that over weight kids and teens are at a rapid risk of developing some of the following:
– Arterial Hypertension
– Sleep Apnea
– Heart and breathing problems
– Gallbladder problems
– Spinal Damage
– Some cancers (especially colon cancer)
– Premature Death (and yes, this one is happening a lot with obese children and the number of deaths are increasing each year)
These are just some of the major problems that even kids are developing from premature weight gain. Many children and teens are already suffering from some of these diseases due to childhood obesity. However, few realize that the increase in childhood obesity is even being observed among preschool children as young as 3 years of age. Researchers have also found middle-aged arteries in children as young as 12. So don’t be fooled by how safe your kids may be because of their young age.
What To Do
Parents please watch your kids and teens actions and habits. Do not let them become coach potatoes that watch TV and play video games for hours of the day. Do not give them food as reward, and limit their consumption of soda and high fat and sugar-rich foods. Completely try to avoid taken them to fast food restaurants, and don’t buy them junk. If your kids are not too fond of having plenty of fruits and vegetables in their diet then slowly introduce it in their meals; cook with vegetables and offer fruits as snacks. If your child seems to become stressed for some reason or has low self-esteem then as a parent you must address the issue and help your child out as soon and as much as possible, because anxiety is one of the major factors in premature weight gain. take your children out as often as possible to parks and play grounds or even the gym. Encourage your child/teen to practice sports and take him or her with friends to play. Buy or adopt a dog for them to encourage more walks out side instead of being a couch potato. These are all just simple things that parents can do to keep their kids and teens healthy and avoid the over weight epidemic.
How To Do
If you truly want to prevent, manage or even reverse your child’s weight issues then you must take charge of your child’s habits by slowly working with them. First, make a list of three categories of what must change. Your first category should be “what must be abolished” which basically means what are those things that my child is doing that is disrupting his or her weight and health. Think of the food they eat; what foods are debilitating to my child’s weight. Write down all the soft drinks, the snacks, fried and greasy foods, fast foods, junk foods, sugar-rich foods and name each item specifically. Also include sitting too long on video games, t.v., computers, and just keep naming all the possible bad habits that are contributing to their weight gain.
Now we all know that kids and teens are attached to certain things that if you take away from them it will leave them cheerless and bitter, so your second category in the list is going to be “acceptable limitations” which will be those things that you know is precious in their lives but in the same time it also contributes to an unhealthy lifestyle. Do this by looking at the first list that you made and rewrite those things that you cannot take away totally but must put a limit on, check them out of your first list as you rewrite them in your second list of “acceptable limitations”, such as watching t.v., playing video games, and whatever else that turns your child or teen into a coach potato. Now you have two lists, the first one is all the things that must be deleted completely out of your kids lifestyle, and the second is all the things that you know you can’t take away completely but must put a limit on.
Your third and final list will be “addition” which will be the things you will start implementing on to your child or teens lifestyle, such as more fruits and vegetables, exercise, chores, going out for walks, spending more quality family time, etc. Do not write things you cannot afford, only write those things that you can start implementing on your child immediately to create a better lifestyle for the them. Now start making your lists.
Once you have organized your list you must not try to force anything on your child but in the same time do not let them be free in a sedentary way. You must first talk it over with your child or teen and teach them the harms of a bad lifestyle which contributes to childhood obesity. Tell them of the new changes and why there will be these changes. Try not to give them options to whether or not they want to change their lifestyle, but you must implement it on them and the best way to do that is to work with them; having them work with you.