By Ed Barillas
For some parents it has become a constant battle to get their kids off the couch and into backyard for some good old running around like all kids do or used to do in some parts. In these days of awesome technology devices that are enabling kids to play longer video games, or chat and text for more minutes and hours while all the time sitting or laying on the couch or bed. It is important to note the condition of your kid’s body as far as their weight is concerned. The snacks that they are eating might not be the best for them and if not properly regulated it can and will leave a heavy impression on your kids BMI (body mass index)
Some ways to check your kid’s health and weight is to first pay a visit to a physician for a pediatric physical.
Second ask your physician to review your child’s BMI for age. Thirdly set some goals to change not only your child’s eating habits but the entire family’s as well.
Nutrition can be an important and fun way to get your kids to lose weight or better said to eat healthier foods and snacks. Most of the time the damage that is done on a daily basis to a Childs body mass index comes not from the three square meal that they have per day but from the snacks that they eat throughout the day and especially at night before going to bed. Generally helping your kid in having a healthier approach to eating healthy should not be a painful and tooth pulling experience. It is wise to teach healthy habits to only to eat it but to know why it is important.
Start by making a schedule as children need to eat every three to four hours plus their three meals and two snacks and followed of course by lots of healthy fresh juices and water. You can easily entice them to eat nuts, berries and seeds by leaving see through large airtight glass bowls filled with mixed nuts, raisins and dried berries on your kitchen counter top and your living room coffee table that is right in front of the television. You can also keep cut and prepped vegetables like sliced carrots and tomatoes and fruits like pineapples, bananas, watermelon, cantaloupe and oranges in an airtight Tupperware container in your fridge that your kids can get into at an easy reach. Make your dinners better balanced with salads, whole grain breads, pastas and rice and include protein sources from beans, leans meats and cheeses. Dark chocolate bars are also great for your kids as they are super high in antioxidants and can help in detoxifying your kids from all the unhealthy snacks that they eat. You can also help your kids lose weight by having them help out in the kitchen. A child can easily peel and clean around enough to keep them interested in the preparation of whatever meal or snack that you are preparing.
This is also a wise time to nonchalantly teach them about vitamins and minerals and what foods contain them and why they are important and crucial for their growing bodies. Last and certainly not least cut back on the junk food that you buy or eliminate it altogether. Junk food is junk food; the name says it so get smart and get your kids off of it. Soda in any form should also be wiped out of your kids drinking diet and replaced with fresh juices, iced green teas and lots of water. The high and dangerous levels of sugar and fructose syrups in the sodas can and will damage your Child’s health in the long run.
And most importantly eat healthy, or at least in front of them, as a child will mimic their parent’s behavior and if they see you wolfing down greasy and yummy burgers and chasing them with hot French fries soaked in ketchup all followed by a large iced cold soda then odds are that your child will want to do the same and suffer the consequences.
Nutrition is very important for the human body but especially in a child as their bodies are developing and they need and demand lots of vitamins and minerals to not only repair but to build your kids body properly and if it gets junk then you will have a kids with a junky of chubby and overweight body. So get smart for your kids’ sake as they will continue to eat unhealthy until told otherwise and get them on the right track to a healthy body and hopefully one day when they are older and have their own families they will be teaching their kids the same healthy eating habits.