Helping Your Child Make a Lifestyle Change

17% of the children in the U.S. are obese. That’s over twelve million kids. This doesn’t even count the ones that are overweight but not to the obese mark. These children need our help, but how can we help them?

Doctor: This should be the first step, even before a diet plan is made. Some medical conditions may be a factor in a child’s weight problem. Being obese can cause some medical conditions. These have to be factored in as the first step in the program.

Nutritionist: Tweeking a child’s diet is a little more complicated than an adults. Children are still growing so nutrition is important. A nutritionist can help you understand calorie needs, foods that give the most nutrients per calorie and whether or not a vitamin/mineral supplement would be important.

The nutritionist can also help you find recipes and teach how to plan menus. A diet does not necessarily mean that a child is hungry but it will mean

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7 Childhood Obesity Solution Tips to Eliminate This Growing Epidemic!

Childhood obesity is now a major problem in the USA. It is more difficult than ever for children to lose weight. We have fast food restaurants at every corner, new snack foods arriving at grocery stores every week and computers and video games to make even the most active child lead a sedentary life. Did I mention poor nutrition in the schools due to the administrations getting kickbacks from snack food vendors? It is no wonder more than half of American kids now are overweight, and half of those kids are obese!

Just because there does not look like any light at the end of the tunnel does not mean you have to give up hope. Your child is depending on you to guide them in the right direction. What will their lives be like in 10 years if they are left to their own devices about eating and exercise? Although it is great for children to learn how to make their own decisions, the consequences later on in life could be disastrous.

Here are 7 Healthy Child Obesity Solution Ti

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How to Avoid Child Obesity

Children of any age do not feed themselves; they don’t go to the supermarket and buy their food. They do not decide on the weekly menu. They do not buy sodas or artificial snacks; they eat what you, as a parent, give them to eat. We all know that school meals lack a lot in nutrition and are abundant on grease and carbohydrates. As parents we also know that many times it has been easier to buy fast food on the way home after a tough day than it is to cook something nutritious and healthy. We are responsible for our children’s wellbeing; it is our hands to prevent our child from becoming a diabetic at an early age.

There are things you can do before it is too late, now is the time to do them. There isn’t much you can do about the school menu, but you can speak with the person in charge of the cafeteria to keep your child away from the mashed potatoes and fried food. Ask this person to help you by giving your kid salad, fruit and food which has little or no fat

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Is Technology Causing Your Child’s Obesity?

My regular readers know I grew up in the 70’s and we did not have game-boys and DS’s, let alone iPhones, Wii’s or X-Box gaming systems. We played outside and did whatever we could to play for “five more minutes” when mom called us in for supper.

We must ask ourselves, in today’s society, are video games making kids fat? Let’s explore this topic.

There are three types of kids:

1. Those focused on sports and not really interested in video gaming.

2. Those focused on sports who spend some of their downtime gaming.

3. Those without an interest in sports who spend all of their free time gaming, to the point where they don’t do anything else.

To clarify, by the term “sports” we are including traditional non-required sports (baseball, football, volleyball, soccer, etc), cheer, dance, gymnastics, swimming, cycling, running, weight lifting and any other team or solo program that provides exe

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Childhood Obesity and Carbohydrate Intake: Review of a Recent Study

I think it’s safe to say that we all know obesity is a problem in this country. Sometimes we might be in denial about what an enormous problem it is, but once you pay attention and look around, you realize we have an epidemic on our hands. This is going to cripple our nation in terms of rising health care costs, inability to work, and general lack of joy and vitality in one’s life. It’s not just costly, it’s just sad.

The even scarier situation on the horizon is the thousands of kids who are now facing this terrible scenario at such a young age. Children are now being diagnosed with pre-diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This is often in direct correlation to their weight. It’s not just the older children either. Kids as young as 3 or 4 are seeing these elevated numbers on their lab results. The question is: what do we do about it?

I worked in WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) clinic for some time after graduating from gra

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Tips On Preventing Child Obesity

Due to the influx of technology to mitigate the complexity of today’s lives, the rise of fast food and ready-made over the counter foods arise. Although these types of foods minimize the burden of most career-driven mothers; they are also major contributors to obesity as well. Moreover, the rise of technology and the widespread use of gadgets and online gaming also plays a great part in obesity. Read on if you want to know some tips on how to prevent obesity in children.

  1. Healthy Eating Habits

Eating healthy food means serving children with organic green and leafy vegetables; include fruits in their diet as well. Instead of giving children with bread and pastries it is better to serve them with fruits for their snacks. Foods rich in protein are essential like lean meat, white meat, and legumes. Serving them with non-fat or low-fat milk is also significant for the formation of their teeth and bones. As much as possible, let kids drink plenty of water

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How Today’s Video Games Can Be Linked to Childhood Obesity

When we got our first computer it came with games. Card games and computer games. While the card games took up time, they didn’t really pull any of us into the computer. The games did. This is a problem when you have two toddlers, which we did at the time.

Hours of Screen Time: Have you ever tallied up all the time you spend in front of a screen? We have our computers, cell phones, televisions and video games. Many of us use all of them every day. That adds up to hours sitting and staring.

This isn’t good for our eyes and it’s even less so for our waist lines. Unless you have an interactive exercise game all of that time is probably from a seated position. The only thing getting exercised might be our fingers.

Addictive: When we’re playing a game anything that disturbs us is annoying. The adrenaline is flowing and we don’t want to stop. This is very much like the symptoms of an addiction. We can hea

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Childhood Obesity – The Physical Effects

We parents want what’s best for our children. We’re careful about immunizations, we take them to the dentist and eye doctor regularly. We don’t plan for childhood obesity to be a problem, but it happens. This article is about why we need to tackle the problem.

High Blood Pressure: Obesity does not discriminate on age when obesity is involved. There are children who have to take medication to control their blood pressure and it’s a growing trend. High blood pressure can cause kidney problems, heart disease and strokes. If it’s not found early those problems will happen at a much younger age than most of us think.

High Cholesterol: After blood pressure, this is a given. In fact, under the right conditions children should start having their cholesterol checked as early as two. Children as young as ten are finding themselves taking medications for this problem.

Diabetes: Most of us reco

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Why Whole Foods Can Help Your Child Avoid Childhood Obesity

You’ve heard it before – you are what you eat. And while this is just a statement, it is surprisingly true. What we feed our children will impact them for the rest of their lives. If we feed our children healthy foods, they will grow to be healthy. If, however, we feed our children fatty foods, they will grow to be obese. If your child is on their way to childhood obesity, start changing the way they eat now! A whole foods diet can help your child to avoid childhood obesity. To find out how, continue reading this article. Throughout the article we will discuss the many ways that a whole foods diet can keep your child at a healthy weight and in a healthy state.

If we want to know how a whole foods diet can help prevent childhood obesity, we must first understand what factors contribute to weight gain. Let’s speak about some of these factors, beginning with calories.

As we all know, when we are on a diet, we are supposed to count our calories. This is b

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Gardening’s Effect on Childhood Obesity

When we were growing up every member of the family had a garden. Some of us had more than one. They weren’t tiny flower beds. Some were about the size of a football field. It didn’t occur to us that helping in the garden was good for us, but it was.

Exercise: A 70 pound child can burn between 95 and 127 calories gardening for one hour. It is considered a cardio workout as well, so doing this at least three days a week is a healthy amount of exercise.

Muscle Groups: Working in a garden can employ many muscle groups. Weeding requires fine motor skills as does many types of harvesting. Kids that are old enough to use a hoe or hand tiller use larger muscle groups.

Fresh Air: Only one of the family gardens was in a town. In fact, three of them were well outside of city limits, including the farm we lived on. We were outside in the fresh air. After living in a suburb for more than thirty years I can tell y

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