Paul Granoff, M.D.
Pediatrician, Rush-Copley Medical Group
More and more children in the United States are becoming overweight. Not only can this cause chronic health problems, but it can also be a problem for their self-esteem. Thankfully, there are some quick and easy steps you can take to keep your children healthy. Educating your children about good foods and what foods they should avoid is important to help children understand healthy eating. Taking them for regular checkups by a physician is one of the most important things that you can do to protect their health. Encouraging children to eat healthy and take part in exercise from the start of their lives is also essential. Some additional ways parents can help:
- Limit the amount of television and video games to a maximum of two hours a day.
- Do not use candy or food as a reward for good behavior.
- Eliminate junk foods and fast foods as much as possible.
- Teach children to snack with fruits and veggies rather than cookies and candy.
Nutrition and healthy eating should be a family project. Families need to work together to understand healthy eating to help deal with the obesity problem in our society.