Children, in general, do not feed themselves. It is not their responsibility to go to the supermarket to purchase food. They are not the ones who have to deal with the weekly menu or purchase artificial snacks and sodas. They only eat what parents offer them to eat.
It is a general fact that school meals are in several ways in lack of a lot of nutrients, and are only abundant on carbohydrates and grease. As parents, we know that several times it is easier and more convenient to buy food on our way home after a very long day at work as compared to cooking something that is healthy and nutritious.
The Role of Parents
However, it is the responsibility of parents to look after the well-being of their children. It is your responsibility to prevent your child from being sickly at a very early age. As such, there are some things that you can actually do before everything else is too late. There is no better time than now to do all of these things.
Let’s say you cannot really do anything with the food that is offered at school. However, you can still try and speak with the in-charge in the cafeteria in order to possibly keep your child from fried food and mashed potatoes. Instead of these foods, your child can eat salad, food, and fruits with no or little carbohydrates and fats. If this strategy does not work, you may want to go out of your way and prepare lunch for your child to bring to school. In fact, just a little sacrifice from you will already go a long way for the health of your child.
It is also best to plan the menus for your dinner way ahead of time. Make sure that carbohydrates are kept to a minimum, and add fresh products such as salad, while focusing less on fatty foods and pasta. Even though you may really be tired after a very stressful day at work, but this is one investment on your part so that the money you earn while working will not just go to medicine when your family’s health starts to suffer.
Aside from controlling food intake, there are also other things that can be done in order to prevent obesity among children. For instance, allow your child to engage in sports. If they do not like it, you may spend time walking with them in the park or go to the mall, walking around for at least half an hour. Walking is an amazing form of exercise, and at the same time, a very effective calorie burner.
Also, keep control over the games that they play, including their exposure to television sets and computers. If possible, assign them chores at home, and reward them after completing such chores. All of these things will certainly contribute to the well-being of your child, helping towards the prevention of obesity among children.