Wednesday, July 4, 2007

HELP YOUR CHILD

The world has struggled with weight problems for years but only recently has childhood obesity reached such epidemic proportions that officials are treating it as a health crisis. The percentage of obese children has been increased within the last few years, and while TV, radio and Fast Food are being blamed, the truth is the problem starts at home. In fact, many parents ignore the issue, “My child is a good kid, he doesn’t smoke or do drugs and he gets good grades. So what if he is over weight, he’ll grow out of it”. The problem is that 85% of obese adolescence becomes obese adults and the health related problems caused by obesity, like heart disease and diabetics may kill more people than cigarettes and drugs combined.
As a parent you constantly strive to give your child the best, but if you have the “so what” attitude about your child’s weight you are failing to give your child the best gift of all, good health.
Below are steps you can take to help your child lose weight, but what should be stressed is the success of your child losing the weight increase if you make these lifestyle changes a family affair.

Five a day
05 portions of fruits and vegetables a day, Make this the first priority for improving your child’s health. Fruits and vegetables provides nutrients that no multi vitamin can replace. Additionally if your child is eating the full 05 a day, he/she will less likely to snack on junk food.
You are what you drink
Make healthy choices when buying drinks, avoid using high calorie carbonated drinks, always depend on 100% juices, skim milk only. Encourage your child to drink water.
Water
Getting your child to drink the recommended 6 to 8 glasses of water will make a huge difference in their health. Explain them the benefits of drinking water; it’s the best to hydrate your body.
Say not to Fast Food
Count how many times your child eats fast food every week, this can be a real eye opener for you. We are becoming a nation of on the go food, remember it is killing us. Be aware that in this land of growing fast food comes with extra large portion size, teach them the proper portion size. It’s not a low key thing to give your child a container of healthy food while they go to school.
Decrease Inactivity
A child needs balance of activities in their life, how many hours do they spend watching TV, playing games … Introduce them an active hobby. Encourage your child to take part in team sports which kids really enjoy, take them for walk at the recreational area. The more they play the better they become.
The final word: STAY MOTIVATED; keep trying new healthy foods and new activities with your child, MAKE IT FUN!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

When is your learn to exercise program starting Zintey?

Anonymous said...

by the way you look great on both the photos....

PERSONAL TRAINER said...

The plane to start the Learn to Exercise Program delayed asb the trainer incharge from my gym for conducting the program was occupied with another project ...

Hopefully we will be putting the program on this month, as soon as the date is out i will publish it in here ...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Well said as parents we need to be more aware ...
Never knew you had a son ... the boy is cute ... whats his name?

PERSONAL TRAINER said...

Wow my son, liked it ... he is my nephew ... his name is Raaish.

Anonymous said...

Doodle looks like ur kid...:)...nice pic...miss u guys...oh n da articles very true too :D

Lamsa

PERSONAL TRAINER said...

Lamsa:

Good to see you visiting my blog ...