Hello again! I am currently studying to become a certified personal trainer through ACE (American Council on Exercise) .
I recently came across a really good chapter on nutrition and children, and thought I would share a portion with you!
This is an excerpt from ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals. Chapter four, Nutrition.
“While genes and environment both contribute to obesity risk, the increasingly prevalence of childhood obesity has occurred too rapidly to be explained by a genetic shift; rather , changes in physical activity and nutrition are responsible.” (Barlow et al., 2007)
The page continues.
“As with adults. Behavior- based weight loss and subsequent weight management prove to be extremely challenging for children. In fact, obesity in childhood, especially among older children and those with the highest BMIs, is likely to persist into adulthood. (Whitaker et al.,1997). Social marginalization, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and myriad other morbidities are real threats for over weight children during childhood and into adulthood (Lobstein, Baur, & Uauy, 2004). “
Scary stuff! And overwhelming as a parent to deal with, or try to prevent and or overcome. Luckily on the following page, the book includes a table of things to do. I’ll type them out below.
Improving Nutrition in Young Children
•Parents choose meal times, not children.
•Provide a wide variety of nutrient- dense foods such as fruits and vegetables instead of high energy-density/ nutrient -poor foods such as salty snacks, ice cream, fried foods, cookies, and sweetened beverages.
•Pay attention to portion size; serve portions appropriately for the child’s size and age.
•Limit snacking during sedentary behavior or in response to boredom and particularly restrict the use of sweet/sweetened beverages as snacks. (E.g., juice, sports drinks, soda)
•Limit sedentary behaviors, with no more than one to two hours per day of video screen/television and no television sets in children’s bedrooms.
•Allow self-regulation of total caloric intake in the presence of normal BMI or weight for height.
•Have regular family meals to promote social interaction and role model food-related behavior.
(American Heart association Inc.2006)
Although pretty basic info, it’s always a good reminder while in the fog that is parenthood! I’d love to hear the steps you are taking to improve your families health in the comments!
Have a wonderful day!