The obesity epidemic!

The Obesity EpidemicObesity in children is getting out of control and it is quickly becoming an epidemic in our society.  Across the ocean, more than 50% of the children in North America are considered to be overweight and we are not far behind.  In Australia, over a quarter of our 5-17 year population is considered to be overweight.  Those numbers have been a steady rise for the past few decades and there doesn’t appear to be any signs of improvement.

The media has created this video game and fast food culture that is heavily impacting the next generation.  Supersize and constant sugar fixes are destroying our kids at an alarming rate.   Our children are spending too much time on the couch and not enough time being physically active.

It is hard to compete with a dynamic video game, especially since so many of them are purposely designed to be highly addictive.  The more often you play the game, the more levels and special features you are able to unlock and the more exciting the game becomes for the child.  This cyclical pattern of always searching for a new and more powerful “high” can also be linked to food addictions and even drug addictions.

The key is finding fun and exciting activities that you can do with your children that do not require an electrical outlet.  Try creating a scavenger hunt or a family fun day that includes obstacle courses, water balloon tosses and other competitive challenges.  You can come up with health inspired prizes like a skipping rope, soccer ball or a skateboard.  Encourage that children put down their games and go outside.

I limit the time my children can spend on the computer, their phones and any of their video games.  Unless we are watching a movie together as a family, they cannot go longer than an hour straight using any electronic device.  They also have to spend at least an hour outdoors each day (weather permitting) .

You should also lead by example by making sure you eating right and exercise regularly.   Involve your children in your grocery shopping and give them the opportunity to choose new fruits and vegetables to try.  Make sure that fast food is viewed as occasional special treat instead of a staple in your weekly routine.

Parents have the power to fight the obesity epidemic that is plaguing our world.  It starts by teaching children healthy habits at a young age and keeping them active as they grow.  A great way to ensure your child does not become obese is to get them involved in a dance or sports program when they first start school.  The more active they are when they are young, the more likely they will stay active as they grow.

Children’s Health Recommendations – Dr Christine Wood:

Multivitamins

Because kids can be erratic in their eating habits and because there are more toxins that a child must fight, quality supplementing is important. You should ensure your child is obtaining nutrients from three basic categories:

  1. Multivitamin – KidsTeens
  2. Calcium with vitamin D
  3. Omega-3 essential fatty acids  Shop online today to keep your kids healthy

Kids today are overfed and undernourished and studies show they are often not receiving even the basic important nutrients in their diet. There is increasing concern about vitamin D deficiency with kids and many children are not getting enough calcium in their diets. Omega-3 fatty acids are of key importance and support brain development and health health. Look for pharmaceutical-grad products with guaranteed potency and quality.

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