I speak from experience. I’m sure my mother didn’t have her sights set on making me a fat kid. It just happened because my parents didn’t set an example when it came to eating healthy foods and getting lots of exercise. That’s the thing about a lot of mothers—they prepare unhealthy meals, never encourage regular exercise and then make their kids feel bad about themselves for chubbing up. Husky. Chubby. Pleasingly plump. They’re all euphemisms for “fat”, and believe me, it’s far from pleasing.
Almost 20% of US Children and Adolescents are Officially Obese
Here’s what you need to know: A child is considered obese when the weight is at least 10% percent higher than what is recommended for the height and body type. For example, a six-year-old girl who’s 41″ tall should weigh 46.2 lbs. If she weighs 50.82 pounds, she’s considered obese. That’s around five pounds overweight (not much in our adult minds), yet for children it’s considered obese. Obesity most commonly begins in childhood between the ages of 5 and 6, and during adolescence. Studies have shown that a child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80% chance of becoming an obese adult.
I can’t express how painful it is to grow up fat. If your young daughter is overweight, and she tells you she’s happy, she’s lying. Sadly, it’s a growing problem (no pun intended) in the US, as well as overseas. If you want to keep your new baby from becoming a statistic of the worst kind, take this information to heart:
The British government says children under five — including those who can’t walk yet — should exercise every day.
The new guidelines were issued Monday, partly to fight the obesity epidemic.
In them, the department of health says children under five who can walk should be physically active for at least three hours a day. Officials say parents should reduce the amount of time kids spend being sedentary, like watching television or strapped in a stroller.
For babies who can’t walk yet, the government says physical activity should be encouraged from birth, including infants playing on their stomach and swimming sessions with their parents.
Officials hope encouraging young children to exercise will prevent them from becoming obese adults later, which could put them at risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Your Baby’s Fat Fate Is In YOUR Hands…
It’s time to get busy, Mom. The absolute best personalized baby gift you can give your child is a healthy lifestyle from infancy.
AAAAAAOn behalf of your children, I thank you from the bottom of my now-healthy heart.