Childhood obesity has turned into a tragic epidemic spreading across the globe, from East to West. Sadly, this problem, which is actually avoidable for most often goes unaddressed, thus resulting in various undesirable complications like diabetes and very poor body image for the affected kids.
If you wish to help your child avoid the problem of obesity, or want to help yours shed all the unhealthy extra pounds, perhaps then one of the best people to inspire your efforts would be children who are constantly hungry due to a disorder called Prader Willi Syndrome. In the past having PWS meant that obesity was inevitable, but now, with families on the watch and the kids themselves doing their part to beat this disease, you will find plenty of inspiring individuals who are still able to maintain a healthy weight and keep their bodies fit.
So what can we learn from them? What are the things that they do, and anyone can realistically adopt, to beat childhood obesity?
Here are some of the things you’ll often find them do:
1. Set the kids up for success by providing a healthy environment – If you keep junk food in the house and serve fatty food for meals, then you can’t expect your kids not to get fat. Stock up on delicious but healthy food items so that your kids will have a better chance of keeping the weight off.
2. Adopt an active family lifestyle – Encourage your kids to move instead of sitting in front of the TV or computer all day. Let them engage in sports by joining sports club or going with them to the local fitness center to enrol in fun classes like boxing or yoga class. Better yet, go out for fun family days and spend it playing in the park or going on camping trips.
3. Provide consistency – If you let them eat unhealthy snacks one day and then feel guilty and ban junk food the next, it will only confuse your kids. The same is true for getting them to move. It would work better if moving becomes part of your lifestyle and visits to the gym and jogs around the corner becomes a habit instead of happening only when you feel like it. So make sure that whatever path to better health you take, you do it with consistency if you want to be successful in your journey.
Adam Johnson is a professional blogger that shares tips and advice on fitness and nutrition. He writes for Fitness 19, a leading fitness center with locations nationwide.