Childhood obesity is on rise and has become an important topic amongst parents, politicians and many others.
Our lifestyles have drastically changed. We donít walk as much as we used to. We eat pre-packaged or fast foods instead of home cooked meals. And what exercise can compete with video games?
These days kids would rather spend time on computer than go outside and kick a ball around or ride their bikes. And with all junk food advertisements aimed at children by media, us parents definitely have our jobs cut out for us.
Times have definitely changed but that doesnít mean we have to completely give up. Itís just a matter of putting some simple measures into place.
Here are some easy tips to ensure your kids develop a life-long healthy lifestyle.
1. Limit your kids television, computer and video games time. This may not be easy at first, but be persistent. Suggest an activity they can do, or better yet go outside with them and join in. Children learn through example, so if youíre all set to go for a bike ride they may just want to join you.
2. Get your kids involved in family food shopping. Make a list of healthy foods everyone agrees on and point out health benefits to your kids. Youíll be surprised at how open to eating healthy your kids can be. You donít have to drastically cut out cakes and cookies altogether, but instead let each child choose one item they can enjoy as a special treat. This teaches kids to learn about moderation and that , yes, they can have cookies or chocolates as treats not as regular food staples.