Diet changes can reduce obesity in children
Of late more and more number of children is getting obese and they are prone to diabetics at younger age itself. There are two main factors which account for obesity in children. They are wrong life style and unhealthy eating habits. Gone are those days where we used to play for hours together after coming from school since that was the only entertainment. But now due to the development of technology children sit in front of television and internet spending most of their time in indoor activities. They don’t literally go out for playing and videogames and internet are the powerful tools which attract them and make them sit at one place. So, they do not have any physical activity at home. In order to overcome this problem, parents have to plan healthy diets for their child that does not contain fatty items and oily foods.
First step the parents should motivate the child to have good and healthy food habits. It is truly impossible to change the child suddenly who is in the habit of taking junk food items. It is difficult to educate them also since they are very young. How to change the daily diet of your child? Motivate them with small rewards and appraisal. Any child will listen to his mother if she is ready to give the favorite game or chocolate. You give them one candy if they finish one meal completely without wasting anything. Never let them feel they are devoid of favorite fried food or dessert. Slowly include lot of vegetables and fiber foods in your child’s menu. This will bring down the daily calorie intake and the child may not feel hungry for some time if he eats lot of fiber food. Always keep some fruits and fresh vegetables at reachable place for the child.
Engage them in various physical activities. Encourage them to play outside the house. You can join with them if you can to play football or cricket which involves more muscular action. Any child would love to go for a ride on bicycle. Buy him an attractive cycle or scooter and may be a tricycle if he is too young. Motivate him to cycling for at least half an hour daily. Lot of scooters is now available in the market with added features and pretty colors. You can gift him with a good scooter on his next birthday.
Do not allow the child to eat while watching television, since the child has no knowledge of what he eats during that time. Be strict in following this plan. Teach him the correct eating method of chewing well and swallowing. The food when mixed with saliva gets digested easily. It is good to eat your breakfast slowly taking at least 15 minutes. Include one raw vegetable or fruit in the daily breakfast menu. Substitute junk food and snacks with cereals and sprouted pulses. Cultivate the habit of taking fruits each day. Do not insist them to eat more and provide them small quantity of foods 4 or 5 times with regular intervals.