I really think that it is past time to fight the trend of preschool obesity. But, rather than dwell on what we should have done, let’s look at what we can do now. We know that most childhood obesity is preventable and we know (see July 20, 2011, blog post) that unhealthy eating habits of childhood are apt to carry over into adult health issues. We also know that weight loss for children has to be a family affair. The entire family (including Mom and Dad) have to be involved. By involved, I mean that the entire family has to eat healthy food and participate in physical activity. You cannot expect a child to lose weight when the parents take them to McDonald’s or when the house is filled with candy and chips for everyone else. At Slender For Life™ I teach the entire family about plant-based eating, how to be physically active and how to use hypnosis. Kids and teens are naturals when it comes to self-hypnosis and quickly adapt to use it to change their eating and exercise habits and behaviors.
How to Fight Trend of Preschool Obesity
WebMD Health News, June 23, 2011: A growing number of preschool-age children in the U.S. are overweight or obese and greater efforts are needed to address the problem, the health policy group Institute of Medicine (IOM) says.
One in 10 infants and toddlers in the U.S. and one in five children between the ages of 2 and 5 are overweight. Contrary to the notion that chubby babies are healthy babies and that young children grow out of their baby fat, it is looking like children who are overweight early may be more likely to be overweight and obese later on.
The IOM report included these recommendations for state and federal regulators:
- Requiring day care centers and preschools to provide the opportunity for at least 15 minutes of physical activity per hour to toddlers and older children, while allowing infants to move freely at times with appropriate supervision.
- Limit TV and other screen time to no more than 30 minutes for half-day day care programs and one hour for full-day programs.
- Day care centers and other child-care providers should be required to promote healthy sleep times during the day.
The report stressed the importance of giving young children plenty of opportunity to be active during the day.
Studies have found that many parents don’t realize that overweight infants and toddlers are at higher risk for obesity later in childhood.
Young children, teens and in fact, your entire family can easily learn self-hypnosis to change eating and exercise habits. If you have overweight or obese children, get your entire family involved with healthy plant-based meals and exercise. Make it your family affair to end childhood obesity.
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