In our world right now, one of the leading causes of death is obesity. Once you are overweight, it’s so hard to lose it, especially if you have an addiction. As parents, it’s our job to make sure that our kids do not become overweight, and stay as healthy as possible. Follow these tips to ensure that your kids grow up healthy and stay healthy.
Set a Good Example
Your kids look up to you. The things you do and say are what they are going to learn from. If you’ve been considering losing weight for a while, do it for yourself and for your kids. They’ll realize that mommy and daddy think it’s a good thing to stay and shape and eat right, so they’ll do it as well.
Reduce Unhealthy Snacks
Have you ever seen the nutrition facts on some of those snacks for kids? They’re ridiculous! If your kids snack a lot, these are definitely not what they should be eating. Switch out the unhealthy snacks for fruits and vegetables. While some kids claim they hate them, bring home a couple different kinds and have them test them to see which they like the best.
For some reason, many people dread this word. Exercising should be a positive thing, not negative! It doesn’t have to be hard vigorous exercise either. Take your kids to a park, or go bike riding. Kids are hyper and love to run around. Even take them with you to go shopping. It sounds silly, but if you’re out running errands all day in a mall you actually walk quite a lot.
When I was little, we never had snacks at our house. Whenever I went to my friends’ houses I was amazed how much junk they had in their cupboards. Do your kids really need to have a bag of chips every day while they sit in front of the TV? Try limiting it to the three main meals and then one snack (a healthy one) after they come home from school.
While for some younger kids you may have to take a different approach at doing so, letting your kids know what calories, grams of fat, sugars, and vitamins mean will help them make the right choices in the future. Let them know that some of the bad stuff is good, but not too much. Also show them where to find the vitamins they need every day are on the nutrition facts labels.
1 in 3 kids are considered obese or overweight. That’s crazy! We don’t want what happened to our generation happen to theirs, and it seems like it has already begun to. What will you do to help make sure your kids grow up healthy?