Year-end holidays are synonymous with rest, good food and even leisure; The Christmas season is the longest school break in which thousands of children have more free time, including unhealthy activities such as television, tablets, cell phones and video games.
Poor physical activity and excessive consumption of foods (especially those rich in fats and sugars) are the triggers of childhood obesity; a condition that means a decrease in life expectancy of at least 7 years because the accumulation of body fat promotes the development of heart disease, hypertension and other metabolic disorders such as diabetes.
NEW EPS generates a series of tips so that parents and the children themselves are conducive to healthy habits and with them prevent childhood obesity:
1. When making a market, keep in mind that you decide what to eat at home and in what quantity.
2. Include more fruits and vegetables and less fat and sugary products. Accustom your children since they were small, to take fruit juice or yogurt as a dessert rather than candy.
3. Do not fill the cupboard with cakes, chocolates, cookies, candy, chips, sodas and anything that provides few nutrients and lots of calories.
4. It is important that breakfast is plentiful and complete. And you have to distribute your meals throughout the day (four or five a day).
5. At snack time opt for fruits, dairy or snacks rather than industrial sweets.
6. It is not appropriate to completely ban certain foods such as sweets because in their fair measure they are not harmful and not being able to eat them can never generate anxiety in children and rejection by other foods.
7. It is clear that the consumption of sugary soft drinks should be limited, especially during meals, because in addition to fattening the child is temporarily satiated and the child stops eating healthy food.
8. Always try to eat as a family, and with this you will have the possibility to monitor what the child eats and in the process of knowing the activities of their children.
9. When eating out, you have to choose restaurants that serve healthy and nutritious foods rather than fast foods. Never use food as a reward or punishment.
10. You should exercise daily, even if it is only a long walk. If the parents have a healthy lifestyle, the child will also have it.
11. Since childhood, accustom them to play outside and remain active, reduce television hours, video games and other sedentary activities.
12. Encourage him or her to become interested in playing some sport, as a group or as an individual. Certainly there is someone who likes and can do it as an extracurricular activity, or on weekends.