While we’ve seen a recent decline in the number of younger kids with obesity, we still have a ways to go when it comes to encouraging healthy habits that result in a healthy weight. Keeping kids from a lifetime of excess pounds starts with some very simple steps.
Recognize when your child has a weight problem.
Many parents don’t realize their kids are too heavy for their age. That’s why it’s so important for pediatricians to show parents where their children should be on developmental charts.
Up your child’s activity.
A 40-minute karate or ballet class is not enough exercise if your child sits around the house for the rest of the day. Encourage your child to ride a bike around the neighborhood, play hide-and-seek, shoot hoops in the driveway, do yard work or housework—anything to limit time in front of the TV and computer.
Ditch the fruit juice.
There’s nothing healthy about juice. It’s loaded with sugar and empty calories. The same is true of soda and energy drinks. Get kids excited about eating real fruit. Serve water with lemon, lime, or orange slices.
Lead by example.
You are your child’s best role model, so if she sees you getting healthy, she will be inspired to follow. Maybe not immediately, but eventually, so keep up the good habits.
I’m Dr. Krekamey Craig for KnowMore. tv. Live smart. Be healthy. Know more.