Tips offered to overcome threat of childhood obesity
Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:01 pm
Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years. About one out of every three children or teens is overweight or at risk of being overweight. Because children’s bodies are still developing, the damage to organs triggers medical problems extending throughout their lifetimes, according to a report issued by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Task Force on Childhood Obesity.
• Fruits, Vegetables, Grains — Providing a diet that includes six to nine servings of fruits, vegetables and grains per day will change your family’s life.
It will give them more energy, enable them to exercise more effectively and truly give everyone the fuel they need.
• Preparation — It’s easy to let the fast-paced nature of American life become the tail that wags the dog with regard to you and your family’s nutrition. Each meal should be thought of as sustenance, and you should ask yourself every day, “What is this meal doing for my body and my family’s bodies?”
• Food as Fuel — The cooking show revolution on cable has America’s mouths watering for tasty new dishes, but if you want to actually be healthier, you should also regard your food as the stuff that fuels your body. You wouldn’t put garbage in your car.