We’ve all heard about the ongoing publicity of childhood obesity and how it will cost us all a fortune in the long run, but how true is this? Are we really breeding a new over sized society of fast food munching children?
Well, shockingly it would appear we are, new figures out claim that just over 33% of 11year olds are now overweight or obese and among 4 and 5 year olds it’s 22% *, that’s nearly a quarter of all children who are heading off to school for the first time who are overweight.
The stats are in abundance, the figures from the NHS are scary, who will cover the cost of growing disease and future bariatric operations. School uniforms are being ordered in larger sizes by some of our trusted retailers to meet the growing demand for oversized school clothes. The news covers this almost daily. As children are now at a big threat of dying before their parents.
There is never been a better time to fully take this on board, and if you too have young children act now. The fact is the monetary cost to the NHS doesn’t matter, the true cost, is life, the life of YOUR child, which is more important than anything anyone could ever buy.
Some claim laziness is at fault, increased home bills with no money left for food, parents forced to work longer hours, no eduction for food within the national curriculum, the list goes on, but we can dress this up and blame who we like. The fact of the matter is, our children are getting fatter, FACT, we need to deal with it and fast. So how?
• Talking to your child costs nothing.
Teach them the pros and cons for fruit, veggies, the benefits of water over squash and show them where milk comes from, explain when you take them to the dentist why you go and the importance of brushing teeth and looking after themselves.
• Involve your children in preparing the meals.
This can be time consuming, they make mess, but it’s important! What you teach them now will build them firm foundations for their future. Let them chop, grate, slice, spread, touch food, sample it and talk about where veggies and fruit come from. You are the adult, in charge of what they eat and ultimately their view of food for the future – use this wisely!
• Turn that TV off.
Reduce your screen time (screens = tv, laptops/ipads, Games consoles, phones) by 25%. Don’t let the TV be your babysitter.
• Get out the house.
In whatever form your family enjoys, it’s a good way to have a chat with the kids, make them sleep nicely, and work up an appetite for some wonderfully healthy food.
Get out in the fresh air, kids love it! If it’s cold, just wrap up, rain is not an excuse!
• Join Amanda’s Action Club
Make moving fun from a young age by becoming part of Amanda’s Action Club. It is a unique and stimulating fitness and music programme for children aged 4mths-4yrs. Using funky nursery rhymes and versatile props, we provide endless interactive activities which will educate, exercise and keep your little one entertained.
Amanda’s Action Club works closely with Sue Atkins, ITV This Morning Parenting Expert, to ensure the best for your child at our classes.
Sue Atkins, says: It’s all about starting young and getting children off sofas and technology – riding bikes, playing in the park and having fun and being active. Kids take their lead from you so notice the lessons your kids are learning by observing how active YOU are!”
The simple way to look at this is: eat less, eat well and move more. It’s not hard to do nor be expensive.
It’s not what you do for your children, it’s what you teach them to do for themselves which makes them into fully grown independent people, who are our society for the future. So let’s together make it a healthy one!
Visit www.amandasactionclub.co.uk for more details and to book your free trial class today!