Obesity is the leading cause of many health problems and around two billion children and adults globally suffer from such problems. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) looking at coronaviruses, obese children can easily fall prey to COVID-19. In fact, according to new figures of CDC, more than 13.7 million children remain obese since childhood. In such a situation, when we are at home during coronavirus, it is important that we take special care of our children’s food. In such a situation, the CDC has also issued some guidelines to protect children from obesity. So let’s first know about this report and then how to reduce obesity in children.
What does this report related to corona in an obese child?
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), children with obesity who are also at risk of other diseases in this age of coronavirus can easily fall prey to coronavirus. This is because obesity weakens your immune system. People who are obese are also likely to experience dangerous symptoms. In this situation, like people suffering from other diseases, people suffering from obesity are also at risk of getting infected with COVID-19.
In such a situation, it is important that the parents of the child should try to take extra care of them. As a good parent, special attention should also be given to shaping our children’s eating habits and healthy eating and exercising habits. In such a situation, it is most important that children have balanced diet planning throughout the day and avoid consuming food with added sugar. If your children like too much sweet food, then limit bringing sweet at home.
Ways to Prevent Childhood Obesity to Protect Children from Obesity
1. Develop healthy habits in children
– Allow vegetables, fruits, and whole grains to be eaten.
– Include low-fat or un-fat milk or dairy products, including milk and yogurt.
For protein, choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils and beans.
– Encourage drinking lots of water.
– Limit beverages containing sugar.
– Limit the consumption of sugar and saturated fat.
– Encourage sports and jumping.
Get the yoga and exercise done.
2. Reduce calorie rich food
Reducing the availability of high fat and high sugar or salty snacks can help your children develop healthy eating habits. Only allow your children to eat these foods that are 100 calories or less, such as
– Allow to eat carrots, broccoli and capsicum.
Eat apples or bananas.
Eat blueberries or grapes.
Encourage children to stay physically active and work. Limit the time children watch TV, play video games, or get some physical work done for 2 hours per day. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend watching television for children 2 years of age or younger. Instead, encourage children to find fun activities with family members or to engage in more activity.