I’ve tried to provide a lot of tips, tricks, and information about how to help your child either prevent or fight child obesity. It’s tough to keep track of all of the guidelines for keeping a child healthy through diet and exercise. I feel Dr. Paul Thomas, a pediatrician, does an excellent job of summarizing these guidelines in his video “Obesity in Children: What Can Parents Do?”.
Dr. Thomas highlights three key aspects:
- Eat whole foods
- Avoid artificially sweetened products
- Do everything you can to get your child active
Our bodies were designed for us to eat whole foods. A good rule of thumb Dr. Thomas provides is “living off the land”. If it can be grown in the earth, then it is most likely healthy for us to eat with minimum consequences as far as weight gain goes. Some examples of these foods are fruits and vegetables…yum!
Artificially sweetened products include anything that claims to be “diet”. These foods cause our insulin to pump at extreme levels. As our insulin pumps, we gain more and more fat storage. Not exactly what you thought when you bought the diet version is it?
Lastly, Dr. Thomas says we need to do anything we can to get our children to exercise. He describes it perfectly by saying, “energy in needs energy out”. This means that you have to have a way to burn off all the calories, or energy, we intake or they’ll take a permanent residence on our waistlines in the form of love handles. No one wants that for their children (or themselves)!
Hopefully his video helps to simply summarize what needs to be done to keep your children healthy! You can watch his other videos here.