Childhood obesity is on you as a parent!

My Top 6 Ways of Preventing Childhood Obesity

If you are a parent, or plan on being one at some point…

YES, you can help break the cycle of childhood obesity!

Unless you are living under a rock, you can see that the people in our country are getting larger by the day.

Just go to the beach or a mall and look around.

As a fitness/health professional, and parent, I feel it is part of my job to help break this cycle.

I also feel that EVERY parent should have the same obligation.

I’m not going to get into lengthy dialog on the statistics of childhood obesity, but I will list my top 6 ways that I think we as parents can help prevent this growing issue.

It is not my intention to offend anyone, so if you are offended by anything I say here I apologize in advance.

ATTENTION PARENTS!!

If your child is overweight, it is not THEIR fault!

It is YOUR fault!

This is what’s called a “HARD TRUTH” that many parents are not willing to accept.

BUT, when they do accept this hard truth, they can change the outcome of their child’s (and their) life for the good.

Expose  your children to active lifestyle and lead by example!

Expose your children to active lifestyle and lead by example!

Here are my top 6 ways that we as parents can help prevent childhood obesity and adulthood obesity.

  1. Parents need to lead by example and commit to an active lifestyle: Your children will see you being active and think it’s the norm. If you are sitting on your ass at home eating crap, they will think that is the norm. Lazy parents create lazy kids.
  2. Parents need to get their children outdoors consistently at a young age. Bring your children to the park and interact with them. Don’t just sit on the bench. Introduce them to the monkey bars. Do the monkey bars yourself to show them how it’s done.
  3. Parents need to create a fun yet competitive atmosphere in the house. Make up games that are fun and challenging for your kids. A few come to mind such as TAG, beat the toilet flush (you can ask me about this), handstand contests, and bear crawl racing. When my daughter Catherine was about 2 or 3, I introduced her to wheel barrow walks. She enjoyed them so much that every night before bed she wanted to wheel barrow walk all the way up to her room on the second floor.
  4. Parents need to STOP filling their cabinets with crappy, sugar laden and processed foods! Once your child gets used to eating this stuff, it’s as addictive as crack. Getting them off the crap will be difficult at first, but well worth the effort.
  5. Get a dog. Walk it every day. Bring your child with you and teach them how to walk the dog as well.
  6. Do not fester laziness in the home! Teach your child how to clean up after themselves and give them house chores to do. This was a big one when I was growing up. I thank my parents for teaching me how to do things around the house. I remember my mother waking me up from a sound sleep at night to go out in the snow and freezing cold to chop more wood for our wood burning stove. At the time, I was pissed, but it was things like this that gave me the work ethic I have today.

So there’s my take.

What things do you do in your home to help this cause?

Even if you don’t have children yet but plan on it, what do you think you can do to help break this cycle.

Please comment below.

I certainly don’t consider myself a know-it-all and would love to here some more ideas.

Here’s Catherine a few years back creating her own fun while we were completely out of power for 2 weeks from Super Storm Sandy!