Is Your Child Getting Enough Good Nutrition?

In today’s world of fast food, parents are rightly concerned about their children getting adequate nutrition. One problem is that children can be fussy eaters. Having access to sugary junk food does not help that problem either. Some children will only eat certain foods. A big problem in food control is that the child will refuse food at the table, and then ask for an unhealthy snack later, or maybe sneak a cookie from an unsuspecting grandparent or aunt.

To cover the bases, it is a good idea to supplement with vitamins for children. Even if the diet is adequate, due to modern farming methods where foods are grown on depleted soil, it is a good idea to supplement to make up for the difference. It is no longer the day of small farms, where vegetable refuse and manure was added to the soil to enrich it. Today, the fields are stripped of vitamins and minerals.

There are companies that create and package vitamins in a way that will appeal to children. This can involve fun shapes and color. It may also involve child-oriented shakes enriched with vitamins. While many are using gummy bear type vitamins, it is important to realize that may be a bad idea. The gummy part is not good for the teeth. They stick to the teeth. Also, children may treat gummy vitamins like candy and take too many. That is not good. Too much of a good thing can be bad when it comes to vitamins. If a child does take too many vitamins, contact your health care professional or even the local poison control facility.

Sometimes a pediatrician prescribes vitamins for a child. If so, purchase the best available. There are differences in quality. Vitamins are held in debate among doctors. Some feel they are necessary. Some feel that they are not necessary if people are eating properly. The fact is, who really follows the Food Pyramid? Do you as an adult get five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables every day? Does your child? Supplementation is a good idea, but you can contact the pediatrician first.

One thing is certain. Vitamins are not meant as a replacement for good food. Nor are they supposed to be a quick fix for an ongoing junk food diet. Teach your child about nutrition. Do things to make nutritious foods taste good. Make good eating fun. You can have a child help prepare the meal in some small way. You can find an alternative for foods a child does not like. For example, if a child does not like milk, see if she will eat raw almonds, which contain calcium. Let your child help pick out some fruits and vegetables when you go shopping. Make vegetable pizzas for lunch or dinner. By using some of these tips you will find you can help your child have a better diet and get the nutrition he or she needs.

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Emotional Damage to Obese Children

Aside from the physical health risks posed to obese children, the emotional risks are obvious. Anyone who thinks that it is the responsibility of other children to become more tolerant is probably morally correct, though living in an unachievable fantasy.

Children cannot help but say what they see, whether said with malicious intent or not, if they notice a child in their class who is overweight, it will at some stage be mentioned.

Of course we can argue that a better and easier solution to the childhood obesity epidemic is to emotionally resource the obese child so that they have self esteem and confidence to such high levels, their emotional resilience cannot be fractured by the taunts of their peers.

The greatest challenge with this particular strategy is that it creates such a huge expectation upon the obese child. We are asking them to behave calmly when faced with teasing, to continue to love themselves when others point out their physical stature and above all, we are asking them to be comfortable about always being, in someway, separate to others.

If you remember being a child and having the experience of being the different one or the odd one out, you’ll probably remember at as a lonely time.

As well as the physical health implications caused by childhood obesity, these children are teased and they are likely to be lonely.

Even for those who go onto develop resilience, or even grow stronger from this experience, the memories will always remain. Hoping that they will become thicker skinned adults is a risky business. They might not. They might end up damaged for life.

I implore any parent or guardian who is reading this article to abandon any previous notion that they had in which they told themselves and their obese child that they are fine “just as they are.” That others should be more tolerant or that their child has a right to make their own (unhealthy) choices. I urge you to dismiss all excuses about their, or your own inability to exercise.

As a nation we have accepted that hitting your child is an unnecessary an largely unsuccessful form of punishment, that smoking in their presence is harmful and that telling them they are useless or stupid is disempowering. What if we began to view the implications to their emotional development when obese, as having the same consequences as these things? Being obese is unnecessary, harmful and disempowering.

If what I am saying is true, then the very important question that follows, is “What are we going to do about it?”

If we leave the responsibility of change with disempowered obese children we will likely not get far. If we leave the responsibility with parents who feel ill equipped to enforce healthier choices for their child we will also, most probably fail. Surely this indicates that this problem cannot be solved within the confines of the family home without strategic and proven intervention from an outside source.

There is of course no “one size fits all” solution and fortunately there is more than one solution available. So that suggests that there maybe a suitable solution for most families. It’s just a case of fitting the right methods for change with the families who will be most receptive to those methods.

At NLP4Kids our practitioners offer a free consultation session so that you and your child can establish whether NLP would be the right form of therapeutic intervention for you. It’s also incredibly important to us that you both feel at ease and confident about the child therapist you chose to work with. Often our therapists work with the child directly, with parents directly, and other influencing people around the child and sometimes the whole family in one go.

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