5 Ways To Help Your Child Eat Healthy And Fight Obesity

Children’s obesity is on the rise. But, there are ways to help start little ones on a healthier track – by instilling these 5 eating habits.
21 August 2018

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In 2016, the World Health Organisation released the final report from its Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.

The results? It expects the number of overweight children to balloon from 42 million in 2013 to 70 million by 2025. And, it warns: “Obese infants and children are likely to continue being obese during adulthood and are more likely to develop a variety of health problems as adults.” These include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, joint problems and a higher risk of getting endometrial, breast and colon cancers.

In SG, overweight kids are far more likely to become overweight adults, found Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) in its latest study on obesity from 2017. In fact, seven in 10 children who are overweight at age 7 will remain that way well into their adult years.

This flies in the face of the popular belief that chubby kids will eventually outgrow their baby fat, said Dr. Annie Ling, who is director of the HPB’s policy, research and surveillance division. Her team’s findings were part of a large-scale study of the Singapore population over nearly 30 years to find out when people start putting on weight and how obesity trends have changed.

This information can help researchers understand the points in a person’s life at which intervention is most needed, so as to prevent overall obesity rates from rising even further. For example, one in 10 children in Singapore are overweight by age five. Due in large part to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, those who put on weight as children no longer lose it as easily as they used to, said Dr. Ling.

So if you intend to help cultivate good eating habits for your children, start with these tips from food authors Poppy Stamateris and Marika Gouveros.

Text adapted from www.youngparents.com.sg and www.straitstimes.com/ Lynn Wee, 20 August 2018

 

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