Childhood Obesity – Tips To Be A Healthy Influence To Your Child

Today health problems like diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure are not just restricted to adults, but has become a serious problem among children too. Due to lack of activity and no control on the food they eat, many children suffer from the problem of obesity at a very young age. It’s important that kids get good nutrition and enough exercise so they can grow and thrive. Parents need to train their kids on eating healthier foods while they are young, than correcting their eating habits when they are old. It is hard for parents to notice right away that their children are gaining extra weight. It takes time to realize that there is already a problem, and during the time of realization, it may not be that easy to handle. In the article below Isabel gives some great tips to help you to help your children lead a healthy life.

Healthy Tips for your Children

By: Isabel De Los Rios – Certified Nutritionist and Exercise Specialist
Author – The Diet Solution Program

Childhood obesity has now become a worldwide problem.  More and more children these days are suffering the same symptoms and diseases that were once only seen in adults; heart disease, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes, to name just a few.

The good news and the bad news is that our children mimic everything we do. Your habits will sometimes become their habits (scary huh?).

When parents bring in their children into my office wondering why their child’s weight has now become a health hazard, I always have to ask, “How is the whole family taking care of themselves or better yet, how are you taking care of yourself?”

I know this is a tough question to answer but these little people are looking to us for their answers and many times our actions speak louder than words. We are their role models.

So as a mommy, daddy, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa or just neighborhood friend, what can you do today to be a healthy influence to a child?

1. Develop one new health habit each week that involves your child. Want to go for a walk with Mommy to make our legs and our heart strong? Want to pack carrots in your lunch bag and see how many veggies we can both eat? Want to pick a healthy recipe and cook together? The options are endless. Make sure your child feels like he or she is an important part of your healthy life.

2. Let’s try and stay away from words like “weight loss” or “weight gain” and definitely avoid the word “fat”. Make it about “HEALTH”. We are going to take a family walk so we can all be healthy together. These foods make my heart and my muscles strong. Want to see Mommy or Daddy do pushups? Cool, right? Let your child know that being healthy is fun.

3. Be the healthy change you wish to see in your child. Show your child that genetics, time, and nothing else can get in the way of you getting healthy. Work on your biggest health obstacle and chances are you will see the same change in your child.

Commit today to good health not only for yourself but for those wonderful little people in your life that look up to you and emulate you.

About the Author:

Isabel De Los Rios is a certified nutritionist and exercise specialist with 10 years of experience who has already helped over 25,000 people all over the world lose unwanted body fat and regain their health. She the author of The Diet Solution Program found at http://www.thedietsolutionprogram.com

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