Children are equally vulnerable to weight problems as adults are. If left unchecked, it could cause not just physical health risks. It may affect their self-image and suffer from poor self-esteem. Keeping children within a healthy weight range is something that parents should work on. And it often starts by setting good examples when it comes to health and wellness. Here are some ways to help children maintain a healthy weight and avoid childhood obesity.
Get the family involved. A child learns by example. To keep your child healthy, you have to involve everyone in the family. Get into healthier habits that the child can copy. Let your child see adults in the family eating healthy and making time for exercise. With the whole family’s support, it becomes easier to get your child to eat more nutritious foods and become more physically active.
Store more healthy foods at home. A subtle way of encouraging healthy eating habits is to limit a child’s access to unhealthy foods. Make it easier for them grab a healthy snack such as fresh fruits instead of chips, cookies, or processed foods. Cook nutritious and appetizing meals that your child would enjoy. Prepare healthy snacks and lunch boxes to ensure that your child gets proper nutrition while in school.
Schedule active play time. Encourage outdoor play by bringing them in parks and wide open spaces where they can run around. Go for walks, enjoy bicycle rides along scenic routes, go camping in the woods, and organize a treasure hunt in your backyard or neighborhood. Come up with a list of fun activities that would keep your child moving.
Introduce other activities. More and more children are now living sedentary lifestyles thanks to a growing attachment to gadgets and electronic devices. If you want to keep your child healthy, you have to create opportunities for them to shift their focus away from their computers or smartphones. Start being a role model by encouraging adults in the family to unplug and take up physical activities or recreational sports.
Helping your child achieve and maintain a healthy weight at an early age instills good habits that support a healthy lifestyle. It is also helps in developing a positive self-image, boosts self-confidence, and builds self-esteem. But for healthy behaviors to catch on, it is important to create a home environment where adults set a good example when it comes to healthy living.