“Honey – I’ve engorged the kids”

Statistics show that obesity in children in Australia is increasing at an alarming rate with current data indicating 20-25% of Australian children are overweight or obese.

The primary cause of obesity is an energy imbalance. This occurs when there is an intake of high energy foods, combined with a low level of exercise or a sedentary lifestyle.

As a mother of a teenage boy, who is very active and constantly craving high calorie snacks, I have been at fault of providing him donuts or chips on a regular basis to fill up the calorie void. And this usually happens when he has helped me with the weekly shopping!!! It’s quick, easy and stops the arguments at the check out.

 But this is not helping him on so many levels. Firstly, he is not overweight, but he is learning that these foods are a regular item, not an occasional treat. They are foods that have no real nutritional benefits to his growing teenage body.

And when he stops growing and slows down a little he is going to put on weight if he keeps eating this crap!

We, as parents have to take some responsibility for our unhealthy overweight kids.

Because we buy the food for them. Or give them the money to buy it.

And if we don’t do anything now, about our overweight, unhealthy children, they are going to become overweight, unhealthy adults.

So what can we do today?

  • Buy healthy food
  • Don’t take your kids shopping with you.
  • Encourage them to go outside and run around
  • Teach them to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full.

It’s really quite simple but not necessarily easy!

It may take a little more thought or planning to provide yummy nutritious food. You might want to check out these websites.

Maybe you could try doing your food shopping on line to avoid shopping with the kids – I’m going to try that! Here’s a couple of sites:-

And you might have to go outside and run around with the kids for awhile (lead by example). You’ll also benefit, so make sure you wear your pedometer.

Cheers

Diana

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