Even as the world inclines itself towards adopting better living standards, health issues continue rising at an alarming rate. One of the most dangerous health issues facing us today is obesity.
In simple terms, obesity is a state of being overweight, such that the body is unable to cope with the amount of body fat present.
Shockingly, some of the worst sufferers of obesity are children. According to experts, the increase in the statistics of child obesity is a direct consequence of an improper dietary routine and exercise regimen. However, it is a condition that can be turned around with determination and proper guidance.
The most important way to control the booming child obesity rate is to establish a good diet routine for kids. But remember- restrictive diets are never the right solutions to child obesity.
Children have a taste for fast food and usually tend to stay away from healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. This is why a diet which is neither too restrictive nor too indulgent can help fight against child obesity.
Renowned nutritionist and author Jon Benson in his book The Every Other Day Diet (EODD), prescribes a similar diet where your child can have his or her favorite dishes once in a while and eat right most of the time.
Following a diet that makes it possible to get rid of childhood obesity can have its own problems. Not surprisingly, most of these problems are to do with the introduction of a serious lifestyle changes. For a diet as flexible as Jon Benson’s EODD to work, you need to have certain factors in place first. According to Jon Benson, the top two factors are:
- Dedication to follow the diet – Getting rid of the problem of child obesity can remain a distant dream if dedication is not a part of the picture. As Jon Benson points out in The Every Other Day Diet, “Anytime you change your habits, dedication is involved. The easier the change, the less dedication is required. But dedication is always a factor.”
However, to expect this type of dedication from a young child is not simple. This is why parents or guardians of the obese kid need to work with the child to help him/her fight fat and stay dedicated to achieve his/her weight loss goal.
- Willingness to exercise – In The Every Other Day Diet, Jon Benson says, “Without going into the metabolic whys and wherefores, exercise, particularly resistance weight training exercise, is critical to your success.”
You cannot fight child obesity with mere diet changes. Child obesity diet and exercise go hand in hand. Though weight training exercises are not recommended for young children, cardiovascular exercises such as running, jogging, and playing games like basketball or football are quite beneficial.
As a parent of an obese child, you will have to involve yourself in these activities too in order to develop your child’s fondness for exercise.
The increasing rate of child obesity in American and European households is quite alarming. If quick action is not taken on time, we might be looking on to an entire generation of obese people reeling under obesity health problems.