One of the largest health problems found in children in America today is obesity. Childhood obesity has increased from 7% to 18% in twenty-two years. With parents busy work schedules and the convenience of food made for you, more families are consuming fast food at least twice a week. Additionally, the increased usage of computers and other electronic devices is decreasing the amount of time children are playing outside and being active. It is important to keep in mind that children mirror their elder’s actions. If you do not enjoy a particular food and they notice, they will have no desire to try it themselves. You’ve heard the phrase, “you are what you eat,” so how about we become healthy?
It’s as simple as “monkey see, monkey do.”
What you feed yourself is what you feed your child. An easy way to put things into perspective is to think of some of the food you eat and would you feed that to your child? If the answer is no, then you must change your eating habits to prove that and change your child’s immediately, if needed. No matter how big or small, having meals as a family also improves a child’s eating habits. If you enjoy cooking and show them that it can be fun (with adult supervision of course) they will find more joy in eating the meal they helped to create.
Keep in mind to not only eat healthy foods but to set healthy eating examples. Do not skip meals or restrict food groups unless absolutely necessary. Behavior is very easy to model after.
There are additional ways to raise healthy children especially with the addition of a daily multi-vitamin. Zarbees is a well respected company that specializes in the production of all natural over the counter products for children. Their multi-vitamin is for ages four and up and is a excellent source of vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D3, E, and Folic Acid. Another good multi-vitamin for kids is Mannatech’s MannaBears which are also bursting with nutrients. These particular vitamins are sweetened with natural honey and gives children the sensation of eating candy and candy sure sounds a lot more fun to eat than a vitamin!
At the end of the day, it is important to remember that you are the best example for your child and all children in your life.