Wellness Coaching Advice for a healthy life

Childhood Obesity

 

Obesity affects millions of people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicity, religions and races all over the world.  Millions of children are affected by this epidemic and there are causes, preventative measures, education and take action plans in place in most states here in America.  The recommendation for children between the ages of 6 to 17, moderate to intense aerobic activity with strength training for more than 1 hour a day for 3 days a week minimum.  Schools can look at the ways to improve PE classes for student to promote exercise.  Parents can look into community programs like walking with other families, public parks or playgrounds and ways to get the kids moving.  The YMCA has many locations and great programs for the whole family.

I would not recommend a diet for any child for two main reasons, diets don’t work and diets were designed for short term goals.  Becoming healthy is a lifestyle choice that is long term for optimum benefits.  I would advise organic whole foods and healthy fats with a few snacks daily.  The first point I would make about children’s activity levels today is that is very low because of all the available media.  Children are spending too much time online, watching TV, playing videos games and lying around the house.  Our bodies are not meant for this slothfulness, we are meant to be in motion.  Families are very disconnected from each other and this teaches child’s lazy habits.  I would recommend being outside playing, running, riding bikes, playing games, swimming, hiking or any other outdoor activity that interests the child.  TV, video games, internet should be limited to 2 hours a day.  I would encourage family members to make games out of chores, to help around the yard or the house.  Children are more likely to be active if they have friends or siblings to play with, they will also help out the parents when it’s made to be a game.  After school programs that involve sports of any kind would be a great place to start.  I don’t think it’s healthy to schedule your kid for too many sports, it’s stressful and doesn’t give them time to be a kid.  I would suggest a reward incentive for weight loss, set small reasonable goals and when you reach that goal you go see your favorite movie.

 

My suggestions for motivating kids would be:

  1. have weekly family relay races and obstacle course
  2. trampoline park
  3. walking the dog
  4. wilderness hikes
  5. taking the stairs instead of an elevator
  6. climb trees
  7. walk on the beach
  8. swimming at the local high school
  9. dancing to favorite music
  10. jumping rope

 

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5 thoughts on “Childhood Obesity”

  • I’ve been working on trying to motivate my kids and I really like your suggestions. The swimming is perfect for them and they can never go wrong on learning to swim. Thank you.

    I agree when you say diets are not good for children. They definitely don’t work and it is only for short term. Eating healthy foods and exercises are the best and definitely Mom and Dad should be good example for their children. Adults and children spend too much time watching TV, always texting ..

    Teachers are making better effort but like you say, having some kind of activity program is a good idea.

    • Thank you Monica.  Believe it or not, this came from a term paper I did for a class.  My daughter loves tv but thankfully she would rather help us clean the house or garden.  She tells me she wants to sweep or wash the walls lol.  I’ve told her the Amish don’t have tv”s and she asked what the kids do and I told her that they do chores and lots of homework.  Let me know if my suggestions work for your family.  I’m always interested in follow ups.

      Best

      Candice

  • These are great ideas for activities for kids and families. One of my twin boys at 15 was 6 tall and 25 kilos overweight. What is wonderful is he realised this himself, and stopped drinking sugary and milky drinks like milo by the litres!!! I know I was giving him good nuturious food and with him just doing a few tweaks he got the weight off and has maintained it. And now spends less time on the xbox and online games as well!

  • These are great ideas for activities for kids and families. One of my twin boys at 15 was 6 tall and 25 kilos overweight. What is wonderful is he realised this himself, and stopped drinking sugary and milky drinks like milo by the litres!!! I know I was giving him good nuturious food and with him just doing a few tweaks he got the weight off and has maintained it. And now spends less time on the xbox and online games as well!

    • That is awesome Sharon, good job.  It’s a great learning experience.  I have the struggle of putting weight on my daughter who is 6.  High metabolism and a connective tissue disorder keeps her tall and thin.  I’m happy to hear the positive news.  Thank you for the comment.

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