Study: Parents Can Decrease Childhood Obesity Rates
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on April 09, 2013 @ 3:45PM
Created on April 08, 2013 @ 5:34PM
Nearly a third of kids in the United States are considered obese. According to USA Today, ethnographic research from the International Food Information Council and published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (Borra, et. al, 2003) has shown that parents are far and away the number-one role models for kids and could cut childhood obesity numbers down simply by setting a good example at home.
Doctors said when parents start teaching their kids about healthy eating and exercising at a young age, they're more likely to follow those habits their entire life.
They suggest exercising with your kids in a fun way, and cooking for them most nights instead of eating out.
Another thing you should do is give them smaller plates to eat off of. The study's authors found that when you give your kids a bigger plate, they're more likely to fill it up with food as opposed to a smaller plate. That way, you can control their portions better.
Outside of the kitchen, parents should also be watching how much TV their kids view on a daily basis. Many times, they pay attention to the food commercials, and are driven to eat the foods most advertised, which in most cases is junk food.
"West Virginia childhood obesity is a problem because of diabetes. It's a big problem in our area, and in my profession, I'm seeing more and more young kids coming in with type 2 diabetes. It could be prevented if we control their weight and they're more active," said Jim Severino, a register dietician at Davis Memorial Hospital.
Finally, make sure your kids get enough sleep every night. Studies show a lack of sleep increase hunger hormones, and decrease levels of a fullness hormone, which could lead to weight gain.
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