Obesity in Children: What Can Parents Do?

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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.


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Getting Your Kids Excited About Exercising

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Diet and exercise are a key combination to preventing obesity in children and adults. My last post mentioned some options for providing children with a healthy diet. So now lets explore the other half—physical activity.

Physical activity is essential to staying in shape. It burns calories and builds muscle. There are also many other benefits to kids participating in physical activity besides the fact that it controls weight. Some of these benefits are:

  • Strengthens the heart
  • Helps keep arteries and veins clear
  • Strengthens the lungs
  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Strengthens bones
  • Helps prevent cancer
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Improves energy levels
  • Enhances emotional well-being

Clearly, it’s a good idea to get your kids into a regular exercise activity.  So what are some ways to get your kids to willingly exercise?

One option is the Cosmic Kids Yoga exercises.  Cosmic Kids Yoga is run by a lady named Jaime who lives right outside of London.  She went to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School which explains the enthusiasm and theatrical nature of her videos.  She teaches yoga to adults as well as kids and has been making the Cosmic Kids videos since May of 2012.

Jaime’s videos will take kids on an adventure of yoga poses for that are sure to keep them entertained and interested in doing the exercises.

Her latest video was added two days ago and features her posture of the week, check it out!

Her most popular video has 882,600 views!

You can look at all of her videos here.

To take things in a different direction, here is a core strengthening exercise!

Physical activity is important for children for multiple reasons.  Now you have a start so you can get kids into a regular exercise routine!

Extra resources:

Check out Dr. John Ratey’s videos about children and exercise here.

Check out more child exercises on the physical activity board on the KidsGetHealthy Pinterest.


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