Obesity in children has reached alarming levels in America and the count is only increasing every day. On record, one out of every five children in the US is overweight and that is a cause for concern. At a young age, children will not show signs of health related problems even if they are obese. Yet as they grow older, if the obesity is not addressed in time, they are at risk of becoming adolescents and adults with chronic heart disease and diabetes. This leads to low self esteem that manifests into melancholia, which in turn leads them to ‘comfort eating’ and depression. A vicious cycle indeed!
Some parents feel concerned when the child does not ‘eat well’. There was an incident when the worried parent visited a Pediatrician with the concern that the child was not ‘eating well’ and was not active. On seeing the overweight little ‘patient’, the doctor said that by over feeding the child, there is less chance for the child involving in any physical activity,to kick up the metabolic rate. As long as the child is active, even though there is no apparent hunger at meal times, it is fine. Of course children must learn what is good and nutritious for their well being. Starting the day with a glass of milk and an egg is considered wholesome with essential nutrition for the body.
Parents need to be aware of their child increasing in weight and to lead the way, by making a change in lifestyle and gentle coaxing on the problem of weight gain. Make the child aware at an early age,with efforts to educate on what lies ahead if good eating habits are not inculcated. Show the child pictures of people who are good sports or role models, who advocate healthy living, to inspire.Short and simple reminders like “You are what you eat” will create awareness. Using online support with Careot App has made it easy for many to eat healthy. Careot App has reached out to many more by including Android phone users, after a successful debut with iPhone users.
Parents using iPhones and Android phones can download the online calorie tracker that Careot App provides. Introducing Careot to children, with parental guidance and allowing inputs from them on the app, generates an element of fun on using a calorie app. Careot App can be counted as a virtual friend with user friendly features that makes it easy to follow.
Parents can teach older children to select healthy, nutritious foods and the benefits of exercising every day. Older children are known to either possess a cell phone or are smart enough to use a smart phone. Careot App with an in built food journal that is a calorie app suited to customize meals,is featured as an app that cares. Schools of course do include healthy meals and physical activity for students, as part of their curriculum that is meant for their good.Teachers too can take a picture of the meal being served to give talks on the merits of healthy eating habits.
Bottom line is healthy eating is healthy living!