Overweight children. How do you prevent it?
Overweight children have a negative influence on their health, emotional state, and character formation.
A baby is a person without any preferences in regards to food. Everything about healthy eating that parents include in the child’s diet will accompany him or her all their lives. If these are healthy eating habits, a child will preserve his or her health for many years. If this doesn’t happen, a child will adopt unhealthy eating habits. In the future, he or she is going to have problems with health.
Why does excess weight occur in children?
1. Wrong way of eating during the 1styear of the child’s life.
2. Wrong way of cooking for a child in his or her early age.
3. Encouraging children to have sweet desserts, chocolates, etc.
4. Giving a child sweet beverages when he or she is thirsty.
5. Unregulated consumption of juices as fluids.
6. Non-observed regimes in regards to meals, sleep, and wakefulness.
7. Eating sweets each time a child has a failure or a problem.
8. Genetic predisposition.
9. Unhealthy eating in the family and getting used to unhealthy food.
Here are some recommendations for the child’s diet after breast-feeding, which can reduce preconditions of overweight children
Overweight children are often the fault of their parents. When breast-feeding stops, the best way to form a healthy desire for food and prevent the occurrence of overweight children is to let a child eat independently. His or her plate must include vegetables and dietary foods.
1. Don’t bring up desires for very salty, sour, or sweet foods.
2. It’s better to let a child be independent in their food consumption. If a child is hungry, he or she will eat as much as he or she needs. If parents pay too much attention to the child’s food, try to force a child to eat, or persuade to eat some more, they potentially cause future problems.
In these cases, children usually overeat.
3. If a child asks for water when eating (food is dry), don’t give them sweet beverages. The best beverage is the one that contributes to a healthy appetite. This may be water, tomato juice, or sour apple juice without added sugar.
4. Little kids are given fresh juices, diluted with water 1:1. Concentrated juices may cause allergies. In addition, their taste is too intense. Usually, there are many acids and carbohydrates in these juices. They are harmful for the child’s digestive system and contribute to weight gain in overweight children.
5. In the first years of life, compotes, juices, and special teas for children are better to be given without sugar or with an insignificant amount. They contain natural carbohydrates. This way children develop habits leading to healthy eating in the future.
6. Don’t emphasize the excessive importance of sweets in children.
Parents often try to spoil their child with various delicious foods. Little kids don’t place much importance on food as adults do. Little kids satisfy their hunger with food. If parents want to spoil their children, it’s better to think of an alternative, rather than giving a child many chocolates.
Parents themselves create a desire for sweets in their child. They give additional sweets to a child in his or her infancy, encouraging the child’s achievements with sweets and pastry, i.e. parents themselves show their child the importance of these products. In their early childhood, children get acquainted with chocolates, chips, and sweet drinks. All this contributes not only to development of allergic reactions to food additives in these products, but also to premature problems with teeth, which stimulates the development of unhealthy habits towards them. A passion for sweets, high-calorie products, and excesses of carbohydrates ruin the digestive system and lead to weight gain in overweight children.
7. It’s better to give sweets to a child right after food consumption. A full child will not eat extra carbohydrates.
A well-established stereotype among adults that a “fat baby is a healthy baby” is absolutely wrong. In early childhood, children have a healthy instinct for food consumption. The task of parents is not to ruin this instinct with their rude interference.
8. It’s important to follow a schedule for eating. Don’t offer your child food or sweets in between meals.
9. If a child has eaten a little, based on the parents’ opinion, don’t try to convince him or her to eat more. This will preserve his or her healthy appetite.
All of these recommendations are aimed at the cultivation of a healthy attitude towards food in children. This attitude will help children preserve a healthy appetite and make their parents happy. These tips will help parents to prevent appearance of overweight children in their family and protect their children’s heath.