According to a recent study (and contrary to popular belief), young children usually do not lose excess weight as they get older. Even 2-year-olds who are overweight are more likely than their normal-weight counterparts to be overweight by age 12. The study published in Pediatrics in September, 2006, offers further proof that healthy weight management is life-long.
"These findings underscore the need to maintain a healthy weight beginning in early childhood," Dr. Duane Alexander, Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development said in a statement. The NICHD's team urges pediatricians to counsel parents of at-risk children about addressing eating and activity patterns "rather than delaying in hopes that overweight and the patterns that support it will resolve themselves in due course."
Parents, baby fat is an indicator that your child may be overweight for life!
With the ongoing rise in childhood obesity, we as parents must begin taking responsibility for our childrens' health. We provide the food for our children at home, so why are we undermining their long-term health by allowing them to eat junk? And if they are eating in a school or day care setting, why are we allowing these providers to feed them junk?
Eating healthy is not rocket science. Basically, if we eat mostly plant foods (vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains) and eat fewer saturated fat and processed foods (meat, dairy, things in boxes), the healthier we will be... not too complicated. The problem seems to be that we don't have time to prepare the plant foods or our kids don't like them. I say there are no excuses. We wouldn't let our children run in the street because we know they may get hurt. We also mustn't let our children eat a diet that we know will hurt them by causing life-long health problems.
For healthy, easy, time-saving ways to feed your kids, continue perusing this website for recipes or read healthy cooking magazines like Eating Well. Be sure to read the article on their website, Good to Whoa! which points out the benefits of teaching your child skills to eat healthier. If you need further help, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you're in the local Philadelphia area, bring your child to my Family Cooking Series, beginning 9/18/06, and learn to cook together . Your child's life-long health is in your hands.