Updated: Aug 7
We love our kids. We all have hopes that our children grow up to be healthy adults, who are successful in their careers, meet the person of their dreams, and live a happy life. However, if we continue to allow our children to become overweight and obese, the chances of that happening is greatly reduced.
Look at these alarming stats!
Up to 60% of obese children grow up to be obese adults, and 80% of obese teens become obese adults! That is staggering! Worse yet, new studies now indicate their bodies have early signs of obesity related diseases like: pre-diabetes/diabetes, atherosclerosis/coronary heart disease, hypertension, and certain cancers, before they reach adulthood!
We would never wish for our children to contract these diseases, yet it's happening everyday. It's up to us as parents to ensure that we raise healthy, fit children. Why? Because we buy the groceries (i.e. junk food), and determine what our kids eat, we ensure whether they exercise, and we control their sedentary activities like tv, and video game time.
They are socially ostracized!
Remember when you were a kid in school? Were you attracted to an obese girl/boy? Was the obese girl/boy a part of your social group? And what about now in the workplace? Unfortunately, obese kids and adults are oftentimes ostracized, but that is not just a social issue. Humans are biologically attracted to people who look healthier.
The success of our offspring is a biological imperative!
Furthermore, having children who are healthy and fit increases their chances of finding a mate and having children, thus continuing our gene pool. However, when these obese children become obese adults, their chances of meeting a mate, procreating, and even succeeding in society, are greatly reduced.
So what to do? Here is a list of strategies that will get your kids healthy and fit:
Start replacing processed junk foods with healthful alternatives (i.e. fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grain breads, etc.).
Make meals from whole foods. If the meal comes in a box or can, it is still processed food. Also, replace dessert with fruit and nuts (natures dessert).
Have your children drink half their weight in ounces of water (i.e. if your child weighs 80 lbs. they should drink 40 ounces of water daily). This will flush out all toxins, and help reduce their cravings from unhealthy/junk foods.
Have your child exercise for a minimal of 60 minutes per day. If you can't train them, sign them up for sports, put on an exercise video that they can follow, or hire a personal fitness trainer.
Limit video game time to weekends only, and TV to no more than two hours per day; AND NEVER let them snack while they are doing these sedentary activities.
Now I know this list will not be easy to implement, especially if your children are set in their unhealthy habits. There is going to be some resistance!
So, here are a few strategies that you can use to help your children succeed:
Explain to your kids why you are doing this, and how it will benefit them (i.e. more friends, girl/boy friends etc.).
Do it with them. If you start doing these things too, there will be less resistance, especially if they see everyone else in the house is doing it.
Hire a personal fitness trainer, or coach. Kids tend to listen more to trainers/coaches than to their own parents, and it also takes you out of the bad guy role.
Don't let your child have a life of obesity, disease, and loneliness. Contact me if you want help getting your child healthy and fit.
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Until next time, Stay Safe and Fit!
Sincerely, Lawrence Castanon,
Author, The Short Fight