If You Eat and You have Kids Check This Out

2 Dec

Great article if you eat and you have kids check this out.

With more than 108 million adults, or 61 percent of the adult U.S. population, either obese or overweight, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it’s no wonder our children are headed toward unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles.

By setting good examples early on and establishing habits of healthy eating and physical fitness, parents can give their children the gift of health to carry them through adulthood.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 percent of American adults do not get enough physical activity to provide health benefits, and 25 percent of adults are not active at all in their leisure time.

Obese children can have serious health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and respiratory complications, and often carry these conditions into adulthood, according to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. The social and emotional fallout of being overweight also causes low self-esteem, behavior and learning problems, and depression.

But for young kids, it shouldn’t be about diet and exercise. It should be about being healthy and having fun.


HEALTHY EATING

“The No. 1 role model is the parent. The kid does what the parent does,” said Stacy Beeson, a registered and licensed dietician who is St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center outpatient dietitian and corporate wellness specialist. “Parents need to control the home environment. Buy fresh foods instead of opening a bag of something.

“It’s sad to see meals and exercise squeezed out of our lives,” Beeson added. “Research behind the family meal has shown kids get more nutrient-dense foods, and less chance kids will take up drugs or alcohol.”

Health and obesity: How to be good food models for kids — South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

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