Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Kids eating habits and Obesity

Parents offer the choicest dishes to children especially serving the food that is appealing and not preferably nutritious. It so happens that over busy schedules and exhaustion ends up to stereo-type cooking to serve anything in quick cooking style. Moreover, children often tend to get food in front of television, while playing video game or while playing outdoors. As a result, the attitude goes in for binge eating - A compulsive overeating habit which is almost followed by kids and teenagers, who eat large amount of food and don't stop even after full. There's where you become a food addict and become obese. Moreover, this makes a person feel helpless, hopeless and get those pangs of depression.

Hunger pangs and it's always asking for more. Here's my note on Statesman Blog on this. Btw, here's a newly added Newsweek Health News widget and you can know more on the Worst kids Habits. Gandhiji words refer, 'You are what you eat' - However, here's to say, 'You are where you eat.' So very true. When children are served while watching a television or computer, the brain can be too distracted to know when the stomach is full.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids under age 2 have no screen time, and that kids older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of TV. A study published last month in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that cutting kids' TV and computer time by half reduced the amount of food they ate and helped them lose weight. Even, omit the junk food from the plate. Stop the prepackaged meals that is available at malls which come as convenient cooking and stop storing the fatty snacks in the cupboard which are tempting. We can stop obesity spreading it's claws around us and our kids by getting aware of ways to curb the pangs of hunger.

Children need to have a role model and no other than parents can be - They are the best role models so that children follow their message. Practice what you preach and kids follow the steps.

Keep the Faith!

- ilaxi patel
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