Teenagers and children all across the world suffer from the condition of obesity. In most situations, it isn’t their fault at all. And although there is no specific way to prevent obesity entirely, there are measures that can be taken as precaution to maintain good health and lifestyle choices.
- Encourage Active Lifestyle
Encourage children to participate in sports and activity. If children are not interested in sorts or exercises, encourage them to join swimming or aerobics or dance classes. The idea is to keep an active life and encourage physical activity which in turn helps form lifestyle of fitness.
- Balance The Diet
When it comes to children, we tend to ignore obesity because ‘they’re still growing’. But this is actually quite a harmful attitude to take, because childhood obesity is known to be a precursor for severe health problems in adulthood. Hence, try keeping a check on their caloric intake. Maintain a chart sheet and ensure that your child is eating healthy and not an overdosing on chocolates and fast foods.
- Meet The Doctor/Pediatrician
Some children have a sensitive physiology. So it’s good to consult the doctor and see what is best for your child. Follow diet plans as per instruction.
- Keep A Check On Time Spent
How does your child spend his time? If there’s too much of television or video game playing on the Time Chart then there’s a serious need to bring about some changes. As mentioned above, physical activity has to be increased – not to the extent of tiring the child; but a healthy amount of physical activity is a must.
- Keep Meal Times Regular
Maintain a regular breakfast, lunch and dinner schedule. Have a fixed meal time and make it a practice to follow the regime.
From The Psychological Point Of View
Researchers believe that even the psychology can affect physiology making the child obese. So, one must be careful even from the psychological point of view.
- The Eating Environment
Reports show that the environment to which the child associates foods also plays an important role in eating habits. So, it’s important as parents to keep the eating environment positive. Join your children for their meals, eat with them and eat in healthy proportions.
- General Lifestyle And Environment
It is also noted that children associate food with feelings. Imagine a child who comes home to lunch and sees his parents fighting over the table every day. Whereas, when he goes to the fast food joint and sees a happy environment. These associations with emotions tied to two very different eating regimens stick in a child’s psyche, whether they’re consciously aware of it or not.
Psychologically speaking, he may tend to eat more of such junk foods than maintain healthy eating habits. Food, being a mood lifter, also becomes an anti-depressant. Hence, children who aren’t happy may tend to eat more or eat unhealthily and gain weight and health problems in subsequent years.
As a parent, one needs to be conscious, aware and alert because obesity isn’t just an excessive weight condition; it can also lead to other problems like diabetes, blood pressure, cancers and near fatal condition. As adults, we can at least control and improve the situation as measures for prevention.