Obesity in Your Children 2014
Obesity is prevalent around the world!
The United States currently has the second highest obesity rate today. The use of cheap processed food items, lack of awareness, socioeconomic status and chronic diseases are some of the risk factors that lead to childhood obesity, but are often ignored. Childhood obesity sets the stage for a number of health problems later in life such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), or even death due to clogged arteries (Reinert).
Children these days have terrible foods presented to them everyday multiple times. The BMI (body mass index) of an underweight child is under 18.5. A normal weight child would be in the range of 18.5 to 24.9 BMI. An overweight child is in the range of 25 and 29.9 BMI. Also, obese children tend to be over 30 BMI due to many different factors working together against the body systems (Berk). These high levels in BMI can be caused by other major factors in a child or teen. While the standard BMI formula is used for children and teens, the results are interpreted differently, according to the CDC. This is because healthy weight ranges vary widely due to age and sex before adulthood is reached (Reinert). One will find that becoming over weight or even obese can be identified, reacted to, and controlled in every child.
Factors That Can determine Your Child's Weight...But Should They?
Provide better Eating habits at home
If they have a general idea of what taste better and makes them feel better I'm sure they will look for the same types of food all the time. Children in the middle ages (7-12) start to become very active with school, sports, and extracurricular activities. They need to start eating the right foods (Reinert).
- "Baby fat" will continue to fall off. The older they get, the more harmful fat in the body becomes.
- Healthy calories to continue activities without the crash later.
- The child will eventually develop a disease, heart problems, or blood pressure problems from continues unhealthy consumption.
- Your child will do better in school due to better focus from better foods. Also, these new foods will help set a good sleep schedule. Sleep is just as important or maybe even more than eating healthy food.
Mac-n-cheese is a childhood favorite of many. You do not have to cut out you favorites, just modify them.
Every parent has trouble with getting there kids to eat their vegetables. When you find one that they might like, try mixing it with another with a milder taste.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup has been a popular sick food for all time. It has become as easy as opening up a can and heating it up. However, the can does not include all the nutrients it use to. We need to make a home-made soup with healthy ingredients:
- Use whole grain pasta
- Do not add oil, butter, or salt.
- Instead of processed cheese sauce, actually make the cheese sauce with milk and cheese.
- Carrots & green beans
- Cauliflower & broccoli
- Corn, tomatoes, & squash
- Potatoes & baked beans
Chicken Noodle Soup
- When boiling the chicken for the soup add pepper, garlic, and parsley for taste. This will be your chicken chunks and chicken broth.
- Add in vegetables like potatoes, onions, corn, carrots, and celery. These have the nutrients that made you better when you were sick.
- The noodles could even be made with your kids as a fun activity. Making them whole-wheat egg is a good tasty alternative.
Frequently Asked Questions
Believe it or not, but having your kids bring food from home will not only be healthier, but also cheaper if you buy whats in season. The lunch they packed will be more fulfilling while they are at school as well. The worst thing a child can do is buy 2-3 processed snacks from a machine, and feel lazier and more tired then they were after the unhealthy lunch.
Can my child be offered better alternatives at school?
Yes. you may not know this, but there are already healthier alternatives at school. Teaching your kids that a cup of fruit or whole fruit is better for them then french fries. Also, letting them make the association that peanut butter and jelly is better then chicken nuggets out of the fryer. The oils are different and therefore, have a different effect on their metabolism.
Where do I start on fixing my child's overweight (or obese) habit?
You can start by shopping on the outside rim of the grocery store. Buying less or no processed foods will have an great effect on your child's metabolism.
Brown, Jennifer J., PhD. "Medscape Log In." Medscape Log In. N.p., 19 Nov. 2010. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.
Reinert, K. (2012). Beyond baby fat: The truth about the childhood obesity epidemic. 28(5), 34-37. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cmh&AN=79278711&site=chc-live.
Berk, L. E. (2010). Development through the lifespan (5th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.