Worried how much food your child consumes? Or how much food you will provide him? Is your child obese? Does he have proper food and nutrients every day?
Obesity is now an alarming problem all over the world, not to mention the United States. And child obesity is causing major risks for very severe diseases for the present and the future.
You already know, by proper food we mean, a balanced diet containing protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamin, minerals and water. All foods should be taken in the proper amount.
Your kid needs every one of them. Protein gives you energy, carbohydrate and fat helps in storing it and producing heat.
How do you measure your child’s obesity?
Now, how do you know your child is obese or not? The subcutaneous fats that you see in your kid might be misleading, because for every age, your baby needs to have different weight range. And obviously for his proper growth, he needs more food.
The BMI (Body-mass-index) is the best for measuring the overweight, normal or obese. It comes with weight for appropriate age. Now, if you find your child obese, the first thing you should do is take care of his everyday foods. Because obesity can cause a lot of problems.
Obesity can be dangerous. For example:
- Diabetes: We knew diabetes; the type-2 one was for adults. But now, type-2 diabetes is now diagnosed in kids. And the risk factor is obesity. In USA, the percentage of Type-2 diabetes due to obesity has increased up to 39%.
- Cardiovascular problems: You already know about that, the heart attack (myocardial infarction) has a primary risk factor, and that is obesity. May be not at the present, but for future diseases, you should be alarmed from now. It is a habit that should be taken up from the childhood to have balanced diet.
- Physical: Not only the above mentioned serious diseases, your kid might have problems in physical activity and stress due to physical exertion. He will lag behind other kids at school.
- Asthma: She might face respiratory problems like asthma, respiratory problems stay for life, and she would be up for medication the whole life. We don’t want that, do we?
- Psychological problems: She would be bullied in schools, making her less confident and introvert in nature. She will lag behind and will face inferior complexity.
If your baby is small, like more 6 months, you should provide her breast feeding only. This exclusive breast feeding is needed for this brain to develop, and also for bones to strengthen.
Don’t go for canned milks that are available in the market. After 6 months comes the complementary feeding, feed her as necessary, not too much and obviously not starve her.
After some time, introduce him with the family food.
Foods for your Child:
- Choose Rainbow. By that I mean, choose foods of different colors, like red, yellow, green etc and add it in your child’s diet.
- Avoid fast food and packed foods, like chips, candy, nuggets.
- It is not like, you should stop all the fat containing foods. Your kid is growing fast, she needs energy to be stored. Try and learn to differentiate between good fat and bad fat. Go for fats derived from plants, and avoid animals.
Additionally, avoid hydrogenated fat. That is, wrapped up potatoes sold in shops, candies, chips. Those are harmful, as the contents are changed or hydrogenated to preserve them for a long time.
- Feed her water as much as you can. Water helps to flush out the toxic substances stored in the body.
Amount of foods according to age:
Up to 6 months: As mentioned earlier, a baby should be given exclusive breast feeding every 2-4 hours. The frequency might decrease after 4 months. But, if it is impossible to breast-feed, then only you can go for formulas available in the market.
A baby should have routine-check-ups to see, if he is under-weight or not. (Don’t give anything that might work up his immune system. The system is yet to develop)
After 6 months (up to 8 months): You can start cereals now, 3 times a day (2 table spoons each time) is a good idea. You can mix the cereals with breast milk and feed him.
8-12 months: Your baby can have chopped meats. He will eventually grow out of breast milk, when solid foods will replace that as the main source of nutrition.
After a year to 2-3 years: Try to feed your child around 1000 calorie. But not more than that. We don’t want your kids to be obese, do we?
Appropriate time for the meals:
Your kid should have 3 meals a day. The breakfast should be in the morning before 10am. It should be a complete meal. As your kid is going to get energy all through the day from this breakfast, it is necessary that it should contain all the contents of a balanced diet.
The lunch, which should be taken around 1 pm, can be moderate in amount. The dinner is better taken around evening, but note that, the dinner must be 3 hours before your child’s sleeping time.
So, why wait and blame your baby’s obesity to the genes? You do have a step to take against the alarming problem –obesity. So, take it.