well does not always mean eating healthy. At the same time, don't
go on a starvation diet in your effort
to get that hour-glass figure. Because, with your eating habits,
you are setting an example for your child.
With Discretion For A Healthy You
Is fat in or out? This is the question that haunts adults. Then
they started thinking along the same lines for babies too. Fat babies
were considered healthy babies. Then suddenly, chubby babies were
no longer cute and the fear of weight problems appeared. Now what
is finally correct? Cool down, a fat baby is not predictive of a
fat adult. However, there are many good food habits to start with
children to ensure a healthier lifestyle.
In the past two decades, obesity among 6 to 11-year-old children
has increased 54%! However, overweight infants and children are
not doomed to have weight problems as adults. Deprivation does not
mean minimization of problems. It will only make the child crave
for more food. In other words, they need the nourishment and no
growing child should ever be put on a weight reduction diet without
their doctor's supervision. Allowing children to choose from a wide
selection of nutritious foods will help them establish good habits.
To avoid obesity, plan snacks and time to have meals. Children allowed
to graze between meals consume poor, high calorie diets. Four prime
reasons for weight gain are: Irregular meals, too much intake of
fat, untimely meals and lack of regular exercise. Small tablespoon
servings are adequate for little ones but they will take more with
increasing age. Their appetites will fluctuate daily. Desserts and
sweets should not be used too much. By forcing children to finish
their meal before dessert, you may force them to overeat. Set a
good example by eating a wide variety of foods and providing a pleasant
Slowly, Enjoy Your Food
Slow eating is always healthy eating. It is advisable not to watch
TV while eating. Set and example by stating to your child that healthy
eating is respected and good for the child's health.