Childhood obesity

The number of children who suffer from this issue in the UK is nearly two million.

700.000 of those children are obese.
25%  of girls and 20% of boys are overweight.

Obesity in children has many causes. The main cause is simple to understand…eating too much and not getting enough exercise. The body receives more energy than it needs, storing it up in the form of fat. This gets to be even worse when you eat unhealthy and over processed foods, especially ones containing excessive levels of fat, salt and sugar.

Parents play a major role in the development of obesity in children. When you give the wrong example as a parent, your child will mimic this behaviour.
For example, when you eat foods that are very high in fat content and avoid fruits and vegetables, your children are likely to do the same. This increases the chance that your children will also avoid eating fruits and vegetables and will prefer to eat a pizza or a hamburger instead.
Therefore, it’s hard to blame the children for their bad eating habits.

When children are overweight, they become uncomfortable with themselves which leads to them not being comfortable around other children as well. They will begin to feel sad, which can lead to depression. Once they become depressed, all sorts of negative side effects can follow.
When children who are overweight start to experience these negative impacts, they often start eating more, which of course increases their weight and makes them feel even worse.

Children who suffer from obesity are often bullied by peers. They can be excluded from groups and lose friends, yet being in a group and having friends is important, especially during childhood!
This can go on and on in a never ending cycle, and children who suffer from childhood obesity are 80 percent more likely to carry this into adulthood.
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes, for which there is no cure at the moment, increases greatly. Their normal growth pattern is also affected as their joints begin to be damaged by carrying around the excess weight.

In this course, you will receive useful tips and tricks on how to recognise and prevent childhood obesity.

We will also teach you the following:

  • How to buy healthy products
  • How to give your child properly sized portions
  • How you can break bad habits…eating an apple instead of opening a bag of chips.
  • How to help your child get enough daily exercise.

The tips and tricks are classified per age group. This way, the course is accessible to parents of children aged 0 to 18 years.

If you or your child seem to be a bit overweight, and possibly headed in the wrong direction…please keep this course in mind. There is a good chance that he or she will become obese within a few years.

img_6202_01Keeping the child healthy is really the responsibility of the parent as is teaching the child to form good habits that will help them avoid developing serious weight and health issues in the future.

If children are not taught or encouraged at a young age to make healthier choices when it comes to food and a healthy lifestyle, it will only get more difficult as they get older. It is much easier to correct this behaviour when they are young. It is the responsibility of the parent to initiate a healthy diet plan for the child and to keep it consistent.

 

In this book, you will learn about:

  • Child health basics
  • Healthy eating
  • Healthy hygiene
  • When to visit the Doctor and information about vaccinations
  • Sleep and exercise
  • And so much more!