Healthy Habits for ChildrenTuesday, March 08, 2011
Learning healthy eating habits at a young age can reap benefits for a lifetime. Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips to get you started in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Being obese puts children at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acid reflux disease and sleep-related breathing problems. Obesity may also be related to depression, low self-esteem and not fitting in with other children.
Even slim children may have habits that could lead to obesity. Its important to focus on specific habits instead of your childs actual weight. Some key unhealthy habits to avoid are:
Drinking sugary drinks.
Eating fast food.
Excessive television watching and video game playing.
Not being active. Children should be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day, and 60 minutes per day would be better.
Not eating dinner with an adult. Children who eat with at least one parent most nights of the week tend to eat healthier and weigh less.
Set small, reasonable goals to create healthier habits over time. Keep up these healthy habits at home, with everyone in the family involved. These steps can help your child reach or stay at a healthy weight.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.