In the past few years, the average population of children diagnosed with obesity is increasing in a fast-paced manner. The growth of childhood obesity rate is alarming and disturbing. Childhood obesity is a severe medical condition that can affect children and adolescents. Childhood obesity might seem harmless but it has numerous effects. Being obese can lead to health and medical conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure. In addition to that, it can also lead to depression and poor self-esteem because obese children are always bullied. Childhood obesity is not a problem of the individual alone. It is a global concern that must be considered in order to avoid the worst.
Combating childhood obesity is a long and tedious task. But there are methods that can effectively help in avoiding it. Here are some of the things we can do in order to help and raise awareness regarding the importance of keeping a balanced weight.
Method # 1: Practice comprehensive programs that can effectively promote healthy environments.
This method is primarily important in schools and universities since our children spent most of their time in these places. Luckily, most of the schools and universities are implementing programs that aim to offer healthier environments. With this, vending machines offering junk foods and unhealthy snacks are being removed and canteens or cafeterias are tasked to limit selling the same.
Method # 2: Start planting herbs and plants.
The idea of having a school garden was re-introduced by Michelle Obama. Because of her active participation in introducing school gardens, most of the schools and universities are intensifying their campaigns and programs in providing spaces for the gardens. On the other hand, parents can also start herb gardens at home. Keep in mind that you don’t have to have a big lot to start; as long as you have a pot of soil, you’re good to go. Plus, there are herbs and plants that are not as sensitive as the others.
Method # 3: Put safe drinking water everywhere.
Water is the safest drink that we can offer to our children. It is best to advise them to drink a liter or two of water everyday in order to guarantee that they are well hydrated. As much as possible, having drinking fountains pretty much everywhere can serve as a good reminder for the children to drink water instead of carbonated drinks like soda and artificial fruit juices.
Method # 4: Educate the children regarding the importance of understanding the nutritional value of the foods.
Nutritional facts are the most neglected part of the packaging. In addition, most of us are guilty of the fact that we’re not well informed about its importance and how we can make the most out of the information available in it. As part of the battle to combat childhood obesity, we need to educate each other so that we can have a better understanding of the nutritional facts.