With the obesity epidemic still not under control, childhood obesity rates have multiplied over time. Currently, 1 in every 3 children falls under the overweight (body mass index greater than 85th percentile for age) or obese (body mass index greater than the 95th percentile for age) category.
As an addition to all this, pediatricians/nutritionists & dietitians are facing the problem of “oblivobesity”. Oblivobesity is a situation where parents and caretakers are oblivious to their child’s overweight state.
While many parents fail to notice the overweight or obese status of their children, few “oblivious” parents are concerned that their child may become overweight/obese in the future. Follow these steps to acquire knowledge on handling your child’s obesity without pressurizing your little one on the same.
Have a Chat with your Pediatrician/ Nutritionist & Dietitian
Discuss about your child’s weight status with your pediatrician/registered dietitian nutritionist. Get to know your child’s position on the growth curves and compare it with the growth curves of other children in your child’s age group. Get in touch with a nutritionist/dietitian at www.firsteatright.com to correct your child’s eating patterns to help him/her become healthy eaters.
Talk it Out with your Kid
Have a friendly discussion with your child about healthy diet foods, nutritious eating and daily physical activity. Encourage your children to be mindful eaters by making them realize what it feels to be full and what it feels to be hungry.
Work Together as a Family
If you find yourself struggling to lose weight, this is the perfect situation to engage in healthy behaviors together. Kids always learn from their parents, even when they seem to be quite uninterested in their parents’ behavior. Let these tips be the starting of a new beginning:
- Plan your meals and shop together
Involve your kids in planning meals as this would make them feel responsible. You can allow your children to pick their favorite vegetables at the supermarket for the entire family to try together.
- Kids can lend a helping hand
When kids lend a helping hand in the kitchen, they are more likely to eat the cooked food. This is also a stepping stone to a great bond between the child and the parents.
- Eat your Meals Together
Eating together has many advantages attached to it. Children who eat at the table along with their family members have lower risks of obesity and substance abuse, increased vegetable intake and improved academic performance.
- Have fun outdoors
At least 60 minutes of any physical activity is mandatory for children to stay active and healthy. Physical activity can include anything like family bike rides, games in the park, dance parties and relay races in the yard.
Weight is a sensitive issue and needs to be handled carefully. The best approach is to set healthy goals as a family and correct the “oblivobesity” issue together.