The statistics about childhood obesity are pretty frightening, (roughly 25-30 per cent of Australian children are considered to be overweight or obese), so as adults, whether we have our own children or not, we all have a responsibility to make sure we are instilling in them the right mindsets around food and exercise.
Children are like sponges and pick up many of our habits, whether we are parents, aunts and uncles or even friends of the family, what children see most often is what they think is normal.
So it’s really important to make sure that you are not only looking after your health through eating well and exercising regularly for your own well-being, but also so that you are setting a great example for our future generations!
Another point that needs to be raised with regards to childhood obesity, and something many of us are not aware of, is the implications that being overweight can have on their long-term health as adults and also that we may be setting them up for a life-time of complications that come about as a result of allergies.
A recent study published in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showed that obese children and adolescents have an increased risk of having some kind of allergy, especially to a food.
“We found a positive association between obesity and allergies,” said Darryl Zeldin, M.D., acting clinical director at NIEHS and senior author on the paper. “The signal for allergies seemed to be coming mostly from food allergies. The rate of having a food allergy was 59 percent higher for obese children,” said NIEHS researcher Stephanie London, M.D., a co-author on the study.
“Given that the prevalence of both obesity and allergic disease has increased among children over the last several decades, it is important to understand and, if possible, prevent these epidemics,” said Cynthia M. Visness, Ph.D., lead author on the paper and a scientist at Rho Federal Systems Division, Inc. in Chapel Hill, N.C.
So what can we do to help our children to be healthy and avoid becoming overweight or obese? Jennifer Madz APD, SDA. www.msandmrs.com.au shares with us her ‘Top 10 Tips To A Healthy Kid.
This article was submitted by Sonja Flavo a guest blogger for Whatcanieat.com.au