Developing Childhood Obesity


Childhood Obesity

Childhood Nutrition

Developing Healthy Eating Habits Amongst Kids

Healthy Kids

Food Guide for Kids

How to Nurture Your Child


Childhood Obesity

It is estimated that 5-25 percent of children and teenagers in America today are suffering from obesity. Obesity among children is on the rise. More and more children and teenagers are becoming obese. While it is well known that obese infants do not always remain obese into childhood and not all obese children remain obese into adulthood, obesity is increasing with age. This means that there is a much higher risk of remaining obese throughout your lifetime if you are obese as a child.

Secondary Problems of Childhood Obesity

There are many problems that are created for children secondary to obesity. Besides the obvious risk of obesity in adulthood, obesity in a child is the most common cause for paediatric hypertension. Childhood obesity is also linked to Type II diabetes mellitus.  

In addition there is an increased risk of having coronary artery disease. There is undue stress placed on all of the weight bearing joints. Obese children also have lower self-esteem and poor relationships with their peers. Some specialists have said that the most substantial impact on a child related to obesity is social and psychological problems.

Causes of Childhood Obesity:

  • improper balance between energy that is taken in and energy that is put out
  • genetic factors 

Hereditary factors play a role in the development of obesity in children. Infants that are born to overweight mothers have been shown to be less active and to weigh significantly more than babies that were born to mothers with a normal weight by the time they were three months old. It would seem that there is a hereditary, inborn trait that causes babies to want to conserve energy and do less physical activity, thus gaining more weight.

Additional Causes of Childhood Obesity:

  • lack of physical exercise
  • over indulgence in “junk food”
  • improper dietary training 

Do not be fooled into thinking these are the only reasons for overweight children today. It is quite possible there may be hidden physical and psychological causes for the child being overweight. Therefore it is imperative and strongly recommended that a professional health care provider be consulted for proper diagnoses and treatment.

Treatment for Overweight Children:

There are a variety of treatments available for childhood obesity. These treatments and programs are most often not associated with weight loss. Instead, the plan is to slow or stop weight gain so that the child has the ability to grow into their body weight over a period of time.  

It has been proven that proper and early intervention is the best way to start modifying obesity issues. Studies have shown that it is easier to change a child’s eating and exercise habits than it is to change an adults.

Treatments such as;

  • physical activity and exercise There will also be
  • management of the child’s diet involved There may also be a need for a
  • behaviour modification plan  

Often the easiest way to correct a problem is to change the thinking and the learned behaviours of the child.

Make no mistake,

that cute overweight baby

can develop lifetime health problems,

if proper steps are not taken early on.


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There are a lot of tips and tricks you can use to get your child to eat healthy, many parents just are not aware of them. You should use as many of these tricks as you can because proper childhood nutrition is extremely important for the development of a child.

Children who are malnourished in their earlier years will have noticeable health problems in the future and may suffer from certain deficiencies such as anaemia. I am sure you do not want your child to have to go through something like this so get them eating healthy!

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Developing Healthy

                         Eating Habits Amongst Kids

It is quite natural for any child to dislike new kind of food right away. It may take 10 or more tries getting a child to accept a new food. It is essential for parents to behave patiently if you want your child to eat right and healthy. For overall growth and development, parents should offer kids foods from each of the food group. 

Some ways to develop your child's healthy approach towards eating 

- Cut down on the amount of fat in your family's diet. Include low fat dairy products, lean meat, fat free cereals or breads.

- Avoid restricting sweets or desserts. Fat, salt, sugar have a moderate place in our diet. Don't curb them completely. Just teach your child to take small portions of it.

- Make or keep wide variety of healthy foods ready at home to be eaten as snacks. Do allow occasional indulgence of chips, colas and cookies.

- Eating slowly helps to detect hunger and fullness better. Encourage your child to eat slowly.

- Eating meals together with family helps children. Meal time with family can be pleasant with free flowing, light hearted conversations about the day, etc.

- Activities like shopping for food and preparing meals are fun time for children. Both, parents and children learn about each other's food preferences and enjoy the time spent together.

- Eating meals and watching TV at same time makes it difficult to pay attention to the hunger and may lead to overeating.

- Sending children to bed without eating food may give them the impression that they will have to go hungry. So they may try to eat whenever they get a chance. Avoid using food as punishment.

- If your kid is having lunch at school, find out more about the lunch program. If you pack your child's food include variety of foods. While dining out, pick healthier items.

- If you as parents eat healthy nutritious food, your child tends to learn and pick up similar eating habits. Set a good example by eating variety of nutritious foods and snacks. Teaching your child healthy eating practices early in life will help develop an approach to eating food with right attitude.


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Food Guide for Kids

      A national study shows that more and more children are dealing with obesity.  The numbers of children with poor nutrition is astounding.  Macaroni and cheese, hotdogs, and French fries were among the top food choices for children.  So how do we get them to eat better?

          The first step is to make sure they eat what is cooked.  If you are serving a food dish they don’t like, they can have the choice of eating it or not having dinner.  This can be really difficult at first and can start a big fight.  When introducing new foods that you think your kids won’t like, also serve something good that you know they will eat.  This can help eliminate the problem of them “starving to death”. 

          Once your children know that they must try new foods, it allows you to begin experimenting.  For our family, I found a recipe book that had 36 weeks of recipes.  The first time we used the book, each family member rated the dinner item.  I placed a star by the recipe for each family member that liked the food.  Now when we go through the book, if an item has fewer than 3 or 4 stars, I skip that meal. 

          Find recipes that provide good nutrition – legumes, vegetables, fruits.  We all remember the food pyramid from our days of school.  If your kids are eating school lunch, they are getting one good nutritious meal.  You can follow their food guidelines when planning your own meals.  Keep the monthly calendar with the meals the school has planned and follow them for dinner (in a different month).

          Introduce foods that you know your children didn’t like before and have them try one bite.  Kid’s taste buds change over time, and something they hated before they might really like now.


Nurturing Your Child:

                                5 Important Tips

You may be providing your child with all the basic physical need such as food, shelter and clothing. However, are you providing your child to cover their emotional needs? So here are a few ways to provide for your children emotionally. 

Firstly, you need to be aware of their development stage. You need to observe how your child is progressing. This way you won’t be expecting too much or too little from your child.

Secondly, learn to use positive words to provide mutual respect and trust. Don’t say negative things like “that is so stupid”. You are only setting a bad example for your children. Your children will grow up using those words too on their children and the cycle goes on. If you disagree with your children, keep your voice level and never start screaming.

Thirdly, you need to observe your own problem solving and coping skills. When you are feeling stressed out, do you vent your frustration on your children or your spouse? Do you resort to alcohol to reduce your stress? Chances are, your children will also follow your actions. So, start searching for healthy alternatives to cope like exercising.

Fourthly, remember to embrace your children’s talent. Don’t go comparing your child’s accomplishment with another children’s accomplishment. You need to appreciate how unique your child is. Your child may have talent that other kids don’t have. So, celebrate their successes. Tell them you are proud of them.

Lastly, love your child unconditionally. All your children want is for you to love them and accept them for who they are. So, spend lots of time with your child. Your children will only be kids once so appreciate them when they are still young because when they are grown up you will start wishing that they were children again. 

In conclusion, remember providing for their physical needs are not the only thing needed to take care of a child. Remember to nurture them.

The children of today

are the

future of tomorrow.


The Team and I wish that this has been of some help for you in your search for healthier and fitter you and/or your family! 

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The Team and I thank you for checking out this and wish you a long and healthier life.

Lawrence S Mills