Childhood Obesity: Strategies and Solutions for Parents
Being obese as a child usually leads into being obese through adulthood. This is why parents must be responsible to help the children from becoming overweight and to prevent childhood obesity. What children eat is a function of what they are fed. Childhood obesity is troubling because the extra pounds often start kids on the path to health problems that can be confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The people responsible for feeding children are parents. If there is going to be change than it is parental behavior that will need to change. The only people who can change the eating patterns of children are parents.
To counteract this affect children need guidance from their parents. Is it appropriate to allow adolescence the authority to prepare or choose the foods they desire? No if they have not been inform and taught what is good to eat and what is a balance meal. Yes if the parent has spent time with them to train them how to prepare a meal and taught them the importance of choosing the right food to maintaining a healthy diet. Some parents feel that making sure there is food in the house and the child is mature enough to prepare a meal they are able to prepare food for themselves. Some parents are single parents and working is mandatory in order to provide shelter, clothing, and food. These parents purchase quick food for their children such as; high sugar juices, frozen pizzas, franks, bologne, package ham, twinkies, cookies, and other high sugar, salt, and starchy items. Just as a child watch television invite them to watch you prepare a healthy meal. Take them grocery shopping to show them how to select fresh vegetables, and fruits. The same sources that entertain the children should be reversed to edify them. I am in total disagreement of a parent allowing a child access to any foods without supervision and not giving them the understanding of the importance of making healthy choices in eating. As a single parent in my household when I know that I will be late coming home I make sure that my sixteen year old daughter have fresh fruit, 100% juice, high fiber bars, and cooked and fresh vegetables to eat. When it comes to eating meat I encourage her to eat baked or grill chicken, fish, and turkey meat. As parents we need to limit starchy foods in the child’s diet. Fried foods must be slowly taken out of the diet.
Overweight and obesity has significant lifelong consequences on the health and well being of children. According to Daniel (2006). As a parent of an obese child we sometime lose the importance of educating our children on healthy eating or we get to occupied with the demands of work to encourage healthy eating habits to our children. “Help Cure Child Obesity,” Rouse J., (2011) stated, “Parents are under a lot of societal pressure to deal with their children weight issues”.
Parents are so busy providing for the family they become out of touch with guidance in preparing and teaching the children about healthy eating and the importance of adequate physical activity. As parents we must take control to bring about change by organizing our time to apply preventatives in the lifestyle of the child. Around the world there are many households where the children are unsupervised for hours without guidance and discipline in choosing the foods they consume in the absence of the parents. We are responsible for keeping our children healthy as parents. Choosing to eat healthy when left along must be taught. Once exposed to the importance of healthy eating the child begin to develop a consciousness of high sugar, salty, and starchy foods.
Parents must take a proactive approach in combining fitness counseling, dieting; and proper nutrition for their children. Some parents do not grasp the importance of the dangers that is placed on the children when they neglect to inform them of healthy eating. As parents we are held...
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