How parents can fight childhood obesity by teaching their kids how to eat healthy
A 2021 Report from Crisis to Opportunity - The State of Childhood Obesity provide some staggering statistics as it relates to childhood obesity. The latest National Survey of Children's Health finds that 16.2% of U.S. youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity.
While their a numerous contributing factors including food insecurity, structural racism and the global pandemic, many parents are more concerned about what they themselves can do to help their children.
Rainbow Chefs Academy CEO & Women's Well Being Magazine Chief Wellness Correspondent Svetlana Elgart list 3 things parents can do to fight back. Set the example, plan means and educate children on what eating healthy food means.
"It's important for children to see parents making healthy eating choices," Elgart states, adding, also plan the week meals with your children so that they can learn how to eat healthy. Wile doing so explain to them the difference between fresh and processed food.
While parents may not be able to change food insecurity, structural racism and the global pandemic, they still can exercise control over how they train and prepare their young ones for a healthy future.