Obesity in Children
Children can be very cruel, and any child that is different
is a target. The most frequent target is actually those children who are overweight.
they get that way? I think we all have had a hand in it. Here are a few suggestions
that could change the way our children look at weight:
Parental Responsibility - we as parents must take a large part for the responsibility
for our children being overweight. Most of us are working either full or part-time
so finding the time to make up a healthy packed lunch and meals will not be
easy, but it can be done. We just need to be organized
School lunches - look at the menu for the school and if you are not happy
about it being healthy enough, contact the school board about improving the
quality of the food
Fast food and kids - as in the above - this is down to you whether you
allow your children to eat fries instead of an apple slice. Keep the fast
to a minimum.
Advertising and fast food - Fast food places are good
at advertising so maybe keep any visits as a treat once in a while but
not the norm’
Exercise at School - Many schools now have gym classes
as elective rather than a requirement. If your child’s school is
one of them visit or write to the local school board
Teaching nutrition - Sorry but this begins at home!
You are your child’s
first and best teacher and while it’s important that schools cover the
topic of nutrition, it’s up to us to make sure our children truly understand …and
learn to enjoy…good, healthy food
Finally - lead by example! If you eat right and exercise your children
are more likely to do the same things and you could be setting up a lifelong
However as parents, although we are responsible for our children’s eating
habits, we do still need community support rather than community censor.
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