The rise of childhood obesity has definitely placed the health of entire generation at risk”
As we all know that obesity has become an epidemic in the world. A question that comes into my mind is can babies be obese? Research supports that the seeds of childhood obesity are planted earlier but the good news is that parents can really do something to prevent this.
Irony is that, because of the mindset, parents jump in joy celebrating the birth of their chubby babies. They incorrectly relate the chubbiness to being healthy. This thought process needs to change as overweight newborns are at a greater risk of developing obesity related issues. Also overweight babies have shown to have delayed milestones.
First you try to give these to them;
Pay attention to portion control from a very young age.
We are encouraged to eat until we are ‘stuffed’. Everything is ‘supersized’ these days.
Allow kids to stop eating when they want, even if they have had only a few bites. Do not make an issue of ‘finishing your plate’.
Avoid ‘mindless’ eating in front of the TV. Serve a reasonable amount and stop when it is gone. Do not combine eating with play or other activities except at special occasions such as birthday parties. Make eating time a conscious activity.
Allow kids to help with food preparation as reasonably possible. Becoming aware of how food gets to the table creates a wider interest in a variety of foods. Stress simple preparation of two or three ingredient dishes so that each food still looks like what it actually is when it is ready to eat.
Beware of artificially flavored foods and drinks. Syrups and additives give an unrealistic expectation of real flavors. Strawberry Pop Tarts do not taste like real strawberries. The taste they learn first is the one they will stick to and demand.
Be aware of how much the aroma of foods plays in the learning process of food enjoyment. Fill your home with wonderful cooking aromas on a regular basis. Nothing stimulates the appetite of a picky eater more.