Saturday, May 5, 2012

Childhood Obesity: Nutrition Is The Cure!

By: Lionel Estridge Obesity rates have doubled in the last twenty years, and in children the rate has tripled, according to research conducted by the American Dietetic Association. Obesity is much more than simply a cosmetic problem. Being considerably overweight causes serious health problems, and when obesity starts in childhood, unfortunately it often sets the child up for a lifetime of poor health. In the last two decades, the rate of obesity among the population as a whole has doubled. In children, the figure is even more astounding. According to the American Dietetic Association, the obesity rate in children is three times what it was twenty years ago. People who are considered to be obese can suffer many problems regarding their health. Regrettably, children who become obese at a young age will have difficulty with their overall health. Research indicates that the rates of obesity have, at best, doubled with some sections of society. But among children, the rate of obesity has tripled. People who suffer from obesity cannot just slough it off as an appearance issue. They need to educate themselves about the possible health consequences of being overweight. This is even more important in children who become obese at an early age. Although obesity can be hereditary, there are many steps a parent can take to keep their child from becoming obese, even if there is a genetic predisposition towards the condition. The most important factor leading to today's obese children is poor nutrition. Snack food is readily available, and frequently full of refined sugars that have no nutritional value. To encourage your children to eat properly, start feeding them high quality food that is full of nutritional value at an early age. Persuade your children to eat slowly at meals and enjoy their food. The slower a child eats, the less food they will consume. Consider rewarding your child with a small toy that they will enjoy for much longer instead of sweets, candy, or ice cream. Have convenient, healthy foods on hand for quick snacks. Think about keeping some fruit salad sliced up in your fridge. Carrot sticks are another satisfying snack. For a sweet treat, freeze some pure fruit juice into a tasty Popsicle. A fruit smoothie with pure yogurt is another desert alternative that is high in nutritional value. Despite the fact that it may not be possible, to avoid fatty, sugary foods altogether in your child's diet, it is best if they are an exceptional treat. This will educate your child to look for foods that provide solid sources of fuel for their bodies. Subsequently, when the birthday cake or Christmas treat comes around, they can enjoy some sugar, and you do not have to agonize about the health risks because you know that their normal diet is healthy and nutritious. Educate your child on the foods that are best for them. Provide them with foods that will give them healthy energy benefits, such as fruits and vegetables. By doing this, your child will be thankful for the rare treats that they are given on special occasions. It will also ease some of your doubts because you will be secure in the fact that they are eating foods that give nourishment for their bodies. Unfortunately healthy foods are not always a convenient option for the demanding parent. In today's society, foods that are high in fat and other damaging components are more readily on hand than their healthier counterparts. But when possible, parents must strive to fill their child's diet with as much healthy food possible. The sugary snack should be used only as an occasional delight instead of a daily requirement. Doing this will guarantee a healthier diet for your child and relieve you from being troubled over their daily eating habits. Children who eat correctly are in general more active, because they have more energy from the superior food they are eating. This extra activity helps burn calories, which is also great for keeping weight at bay. Children who eat appropriate diets are more likely to go outside and run around than kids who eat a diet high in sugar and refined flour. Children who eat foods that are full of fat and sugared have less energy and are less inclined to be as full of life as those children that eat nutritious foods. More activity means more calories burned which, in turn, helps to keep children at a healthy weight. The more nutritious a child's eating is, the more likely they will be to play in order to burn off their healthy energy. Healthy foods offer longer-lasting energy rather than the little spurts that sugary foods give. A healthy diet that is coupled with a plenty of activity is vital for a child to retain a body that is physically fit. About Lionel Estridge Lionel Estridge, publisher of "1 Health" newsletter, subscription is FREE. Sign up here for all of the latest and up to date information on health! Or just send a blank email with just your name to: or visit


Childhood Obesity: Nutrition Is The Cure!



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