Obesity has many causes. Put simply, it’s caused by consuming more energy than can be used up over a period of time. Scientific studies are helping us understand much more about an individual’s likelihood of becoming overweight or obese, however the most important factors are in our lifestyle.

Prevent Childhood Obesity

Prevent Childhood Obesity

Obesity could be caused by eating too much or eating lots of ‘sometimes’ foods. These days we tend to eat larger food servings, snack many consume more high-calorie, low-nutrition food. Problem foods include sodas, cordial, juice, chips, lollies and snack bars. Here are some tips to avoid childhood obesity.

  • Respect your son or daughter’s appetite; children do not have to finish everything on their own plate, or finish the whole bottle.
  • Avoid pre-prepared and foods with extra sugar.
  • Provide enough fiber.
  • Limit the quantity of high-calorie foods kept in the home.
  • Enjoy activities as a family (walking, playing outdoor games, etc.)
  • Limit TV viewing.
  • Don’t reward completion of meals with sweet desserts.
  • Provide your son or daughter with a healthy diet, 30% or fewer calories from fat.
  • Replace dairy with skim milk at approximately 2 years of age, or at 12 months of age if you are concerned about obesity.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to participate in active play.
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