Many people believe obesity in children is due to bad nutrition and this is partly to blame but even the most well balanced diet can lead to an obese child if they are not burning off the calories they take in each day. Researchers believe adding structure to a child’s life by limiting the amount of TV they watch, ensuring they get enough sleep and having a family dinner will help reduce the amount of childhood obesity. Below are the steps you can take to help reduce the risk of childhood obesity in your family.
Family Dinner Time
It is believed that eating dinner in a family setting at least five times a week will help lower childhood obesity. With many people programmed in the fast food high sugar diets it is believed that having a family dinner at least five nights a week will help eliminate the fast food high sugar diet. When a family plans a dinner there is usually more nutritious foods served like fruits, vegetables, and lean meat. Unlike fast food menu’s that are primarily deep fried foods. There is also the added benefit of much needed family time and structure in your family life.
Researchers also suggest children sleep at least 10.5 hours each night. This allows their body to refresh and recharge. It will help you ensure your children are healthier also.
Limited TV time
Limited TV time gives children time to get out and play. This is necessary for the children to burn off the calories they have consumed throughout the day. Most researchers believe 2 hours of TV on weekdays is more than enough TV for a child. This also included computer time since this activity is also just sitting watching a screen. Children should use the extra time they now have to play and be creative or just do something that takes energy. Not only will this help keep our kids healthy it will also ensure they are tired enough to enjoy the 10.5 hours of sleep that is suggested.