Following his recent recovery from coronavirus in the world. All the prime Minister’s has publicly blamed excess weight for his need for intensive caring. He has subsequently declared a war on the UK’s and all over the world obesity crisis and is planning a pandemic public health drive to battle the growing problem. We talk about it preventing obesity in toddlers.
Now, almost a quarter (25%) of children aged 4-5 and around 35% of 10-11-year olds are overweight, Also obese.
preventing obesity in toddlers What would we do?
- Well, We know that obese children are more likely to become obese adults.
- That a children risk of becoming obese in later life can be pre-determined by the age of six.
- This could lead to ever-growing rates of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes and spiralling numbers of strokes and heart attacks and so on.
- Alarmingly, recent reports have suggested that the imposed coronavirus lockdown is also negatively impacting childhood obesity rates. Also worsening the crisis due to a lack of exercise and changes to sleeping and eating habits for a child.
5 While most toddlers stop eating! When they sense they are full. some of the children are very responsive to the sight of food. They are do not realise that they are full and will carry on eating all the food that is on their plate and may then ask for it more. They will also eat when they are bored, upset or distressed and tend to eat quickly. This week energy regulation is usually due to genetic factors. Also may have developed due to factors present during pregnancy.
If your children always seem to be eating. Always seem to want food. If they are slightly or very overweight. Then things that you can do to prevent further excess weight gain. Just because food responsive child asks for food it does not always mean that they need it. Unfortunately, These children respond so well to food and can often get upset easily. Parent’s tend to use food to change their children moods. This too can lead to overeating and being overweight also.
So what can you do?
Even though that overeating is genetically determined. There are various ways to manage child’s who tend to overeat. Help prevent obesity.
Look at some of our top best tips preventing obesity in toddlers:
- You offer fruit and vegetables from the beginning of weaning and continue to offer them at all meals. Babies will learn to like them by seeing, touching, feeling and tasting them.
- Be your children, role model, by including your child in family meals and eating the foods you would like them to eat. They will learn by copying from you and others that eat with them.
- Also allow your child to stop eating when they have had enough. Avoid coaxing or bribing them to eat more than they want. Avoid giving pudding as a reward for eating the first savoury courses.
- Limit portion sizes to suitable amounts for your children, even you can use smaller plates.
- Encourage your children to chew and eat more slowly. You could use smaller spoons. Social and interactive mealtimes as a family will also tend to be slower than when children eat alone
When giving high sugar, high-fat foods occasionally at the end of a meal avoid labelling them as ‘naughty but nice’ or describing them as a reward or treat, describe them instead as ‘sometimes’ foods
Develop a meal routine and only give food at three meals and 2-3 planned snacks, keeping high-calorie food out of sight as children may ask for food when not hungry
Hug or cuddle your child or distract them to cheer them up rather than using food to comfort them or keep them quiet
Always offer fruit and vegetables at meals and snacks and offer high fibre and high protein foods that require chewing
To make it really easy to know you are giving the right amount of food, why not try our new resource, the Toddler Menu Planner, a meal planner which helps take the guesswork out of toddler meals and set up healthy habits for life
These steps will help your child control their eating and reduce the number of unhealthy foods they consume. If you found this helpful, why not share it with your friends or family?