Guest Post By: Tracey Clayton
This health issue has been on the rise in the past decade, and it is taking its toll on the health of kids and young adults, child obesity can be a problem but thankfully it can be prevented. Causes of child obesity can be many things, from an unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, even genetics come into play when it comes to this. These kind of lifestyle can hurt you in the present and even so in the future. This condition can cause many health problems including cardio vascular diseases, diabetes, joint problems and many more. But it is up to the parents to prevent this, they can show their kids to a healthier lifestyle, how to be more active, how to eat healthier and how to make it enjoyable for kids.
One of the causes of child obesity is social behavior and social issues, but also kids who are obese exhibit certain social behavior of their own. Kids that are bullied in school or discriminated by their peers can become socially detached, which is usually followed by social anxiety which can become a much bigger problem when they become young adults. Children usually tend to put away the negative feelings they have by overeating unhealthy food in order to boost their confidence.
Private pre-schools are an option, where the kids are supervised by professionals that will be aware of any problems your child might have or any issues it is experiencing or if it is getting socially excluded. But nowadays more and more public schools tend to have programs like this. Also parents can take it upon themselves to boost their kids’ confidence and deter them from finding comfort in overeating.
Psychology can be a determining factor when it comes to child obesity. Children that are depressed usually tend to become emotionally detached from other people, and turn themselves to overeating. Binge eating as we like to call it, is just children, adults too, trying to deal with their negative emotions by increasing serotonin(happy hormone) with eating excessively. Boredom and the lack of motivation can also lead to binge eating, that is why it’s important to keep your kid occupied and positive.
Computers and television can keep your kid occupied for a whole day, so when they discover the sedentary life it can prove very difficult to get them to play outside. That is why it is important to educate them while they are still young. Parents can take it upon themselves to go out with their kids and be active for at least an hour a day, it will do your kid much good and it can prove to be quality time with your loved ones. So take your kid and go for a walk, play catch outside, visit trampoline park, organize a sports party for the whole neighborhood, other parents are likely to jump in on the idea.
Keep them occupied
If children are busy throughout the day they probably won’t have enough time to give themselves into binge eating. Taking up a hobby or an extracurricular activity can also be beneficial to their development as a person, not just a health benefit for them. Another way to go is getting them interested in a sport, by itself any sport promotes physical activity by keeping kids’ active and giving them exercise on a daily basis. Show them something interesting that might get their attention, a musical instrument for example. It is important to keep them occupied and interested in something.
Parents play a huge roll when it comes to preventing child obesity, and they can also greatly influence their kids’ psychological growth.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.
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