Category Childhood Obesity

More on Your Family Health Upgrade

When it comes to a Family Health Upgrade, meals, drinks and treats will be a big area of concern. Agreeing on a few simple changes can produce positive results, but might also raise loud complaints. Be prepared. If the family decides on a No Junk Food Policy the kids can become Nutrition Detectives at the grocery store and search out better choices.. You may have to do the reading, but scoping out ingredients labels on the foods is critical. If any form of sugar (words ending in …ose ) is first or second on the list, or the label lists additives no one can pronounce, find a healthier alternative. Don’t be fooled by 100 Calorie Snack Packs. In most cases the 100 calories have little food value, are high in sugar and cost too much. If you can, make your own snack packs.  Buy in bulk.  Homemade trail mix is a great way to go. Let the kids come up with their own blend as long as it’s low in sugar and high in food value.  If the family agrees on a No Soda Policy be ready with some healthy drink alternatives. Pure, no sugar added, fruit juice, mixed with sparkling water is one alternative, “sun tea” is another. Check out all the flavors of herb tea available at the store and let the kids concoct their own blends. Tea, a big pitcher and cold water are all it takes to make a tasty drink.

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Childhood Obesity… It’s About Health Not Appearance

Childhood Obesity is a topic discussed in the news, on TV and maybe even in your own home. It is a serious health problem that is leading to Type II Diabetes and Heart Disease in younger and younger kids. Body Mass Index, or BMI is used to determine obesity. For children, it is based on height and weight, as well as sex and age. If your child’s weight exceeds the standard norms set by the CDC, or Centers for Disease Control, obesity may be a problem.  However, there are other factors to consider besides the numbers on a chart. Bone structure, body type and growth pattern also play a role.  Before you get too worried, talk to your child’s health care professional. Ask lots of questions. Get the facts. If BMI is an issue for your child, step back and access your entire family.  Chances are everyone could benefit from fewer inches around the middle.

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