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Preventing Childhood Obesity:
5 Things You Can Do at Home

Eat the Rainbow
Make the daily meals rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat or fat-free dairy. This way, you will provide your kids the nutrients needed for healthy growth and development and help them reach a healthy weight.

Move More
Ensure your children spend at least 60 minutes every day on physical activity. Compared to those who are inactive, physically active youth have stronger muscles and better cardiovascular fitness.

Slow Down on Sugar
Teach your kids to avoid sugary drinks like soda, juice drinks and flavored milk. Help them rethink their drink by offering water, plain low-fat milk, or 100% juice instead.

Reduce Screen Time
Don’t allow too much screen time (TV, electronic gadgets) to avoid poor sleep, weight gain, lower grades in school, and poor mental health in youth.

Sleep Well
Help your children sleep better by making sure they’re active during the day, removing screens from their bedrooms, and setting a consistent sleep schedule, even on weekends. Good sleep is critical to prevent type 2 diabetes, obesity, injuries, poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior.

Ref: Accessed August 2022.

The article written above is for informational and educational purposes only. For serious medical and health concerns, please consult a licensed health provider.