Solutions for parents
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An alarming number of children are over-weight. In South Africa it is estimated that nearly 1 in 5 children is obese or over-weight. Whether due to poor diet or lack of exercise, obesity has become one of the most serious health challenges of the 21st century. So how can parents help their child and overcome this problem?
‘I eat all kinds of junk food and I’m fat, but not exactly obese. I don’t like it though, because it’s very uncomfortable,’ said a student named Tara Samuels.
Parents need to be aware of the fact that children require a healthy diet. The following are useful tips to help your child avoid obesity:
- Limit the amount of sugar, fat and salt consumed
- Make sure they eat enough fruits and vegetables
- Have the whole family eating healthy meals as a means of encouragement
- Give them plenty of water, instead of sugary drinks
- Allow your child to get enough physical activity
Although it’s a process and certainly not easy, it’s essential that we do our best to lower the statics. Together we can achieve a healthier society and avoid childhood obesity.