New You Boot Camp Discussion – How can parents do more to prevent their children from obesity in today’s society?
Some parents have adopted some infant feeding and activity behaviours that have been linked to the development of obesity later in the child’s life. In the early age, about 20% of parents have fed their infant by only breast, and approximately 45% has fed them by milk formula which is another alternative and also it has got all the minerals and vitamin that a baby needs. Breastfeeding is not for everyone, some women just physically can’t do it and we appreciate that. Breastfeeding has a huge amount of positives and when possible it is the best choice for many health reasons but we also appreciate this is a very personal decision for the mother.
If you can breastfeed and you are willing, it helps defend against infections, prevent allergies, and protect against a number of chronic conditions. Also the lactose, protein: whey and casein, and fat are easily digested by a new-born’s immature system.
Solid food is always a key point in a child’s life. Only 12% of parents has introduced the solid food to their children really early before they even become 4 months old. These kids are more likely to be obese by the age of 3.
Watching television is an other factor associated with childhood obesity. There is 90% of children exposed to television, which means parents literally put the children in front of the TV so they could watch it. Only 50% of these infants watch the TV actively. Also those children who have got TV in their room are higher risk for gaining weight.
Obese children and adolescents are more likely to be obese as adults. In addition they are in high risks of related health problems like tooth decay, diabetes, heart disease, different type of cancers, IBS, and stroke. Also obesity has got effect on other part of the life as less ability for concentration, or learning performance.
How can parent do more to prevent their children from obesity?
It is very important how long the sleep duration for a little one is. Those infants, who had at least 12 hours sleep, were less, only 65% obese by age 3. While those who have less than 12 hours sleep. Less sleeping is associated with depression or anxiety during the pregnancy or TV viewing.
Before the pregnancy is very important for the women to reach a healthy weight because it has got effect on the pregnancy. An overweight pregnancy has effect on weight at birth
during childhood and on into adulthood.
Women are more willing to make lifestyle changes before the pregnancy to increase the possibility for having a healthy baby and after giving a birth to a child they keep this lifestyle because they would like to raise a healthy infant.
Limit the obesity:
– Strive for healthy weight before pregnancy
– Don’t smoke during pregnancy
– Aim for a reasonable weight gain during pregnancy
– Breastfeed (preferably without other liquids for 4- 6 months and some breastfeeding for at least 12 months)
– Ensure infants get adequate at least 12 hours sleep
– Sit with the children during meals
– Eat meals together with the children
– Serve meals in family style and not as a pre-plated frozen mail
– Do not use controlling practises such as restrictions on food or pressure to eat
– Provide a model of healthy eating
– Encourage balance and variety of food
– Educate parent and children about nutrition