Chubby cheeks are cute on a young child, but you need to take caution when chubby cheeks become more than cute and seem to match with ever-increasing body weight.
This could be the start of childhood obesity, a condition that is on the increase among children. Children of an obese parent or both parents are more likely to fall into this trap.
The cause of childhood obesity is very often a genetic problem but can also be largely attributed to environmental factors. When someone is prone to being obese it’s often their genes that must take a large portion of the responsibility as they can be responsible for an inability to control the person’s appetite and their metabolism. Children are no exception. However, a malfunction in the genes has to be ignited by bad or over-eating habits, so the become a contributory factor.
It’s therefore important to ensure your child is on a balanced eating plan and that they are physically active.
Stop obesity from following later
If you catch this situation early, you will be able to help your child lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle and in so doing, be able to prevent the obesity from following him into adulthood.
Your child may also suffer from emotional issues as well which may need to be addressed by a professional.
There are also many high-risk illnesses your child may encounter should he be obese. These include asthma, joint pain, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea and even certain cancers.
If your child is overweight or obese, the whole family can help -especially by changing eating habits and staying away from fatty foods and take-aways. Find other ways you can help your child and include the rest of the family in these changes.
Depending on age, take them shopping and let them pick out the good foods and the fresh fruit and vegetables. Then when it comes to cooking, let them join in so they can learn how to cook in a healthy manner.
Walk the dog
Make a plan for the whole family to go for a walk in the evenings. Perhaps you have a dog you can walk to make it more fun, or play eye-spy or word games while you’re walking.
As wonderful as modern technology is, it can also have its downfalls if moderation is not exercised. Instead of being active and playing as children should do, children are drawn to the television, to games on both the computer and television and to surfing the internet instead of playing or doing sport.
Purchase some healthy food and snacks for your child’s lunch box and get him to help prepare his school-time food. He will respond better if he’s involved rather than if you just hand him a lunch box that you have prepared.
If you think there are emotional or environmental issues at stake, talk to your child about them and suggest ways to deal with them.
Don’t leave the situation too late so the problem becomes too large, but rather tackle it head on as you see your child starting to have problems.
Preventing kids from becoming obese means modifying the way your family eats and exercises, and how you spend time together. Helping kids lead healthy lifestyles begins with parents who lead by example.