Childhood obesity is increasing at an alarming rate in the country and obesity is a silent killer and can disrupt one’s life as those extra kilos often lead children on the path of health problems which are sometimes referred to as adult issues like diabetes, high blood pressure etc. was considered as. pressure, high cholesterol, heart and kidney problems. Being overweight or obese can also invite depression, anxiety, stress and low self-esteem.
The child will feel lonely, avoid socializing and may be embarrassed because of their weight but obesity management in children focuses on good nutrition and exercise. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Tushar Parikh, Consultant Neonatologist and Pediatrician at Motherhood Hospital in Kharadi, Pune talks about how a balanced diet and physical activity can help a baby fight bulges.
He stressed that nutrition and exercise can help combat childhood obesity, elaborating:
Benefits of eating right The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on health as many children were home and there was a lack of physical activity. Most of the children were unable to control their weight due to poor eating habits and had gained a lot of weight. Eating a diet rich in all the important nutrients can help in the overall development of your baby. Try to reduce the caloric intake of the child and ensure that he eats fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pulses and legumes to stay healthy and hearty. A good diet can enhance the overall health of the child. Try to avoid oily, canned, processed and junk food which can cause weight gain. One should stay away from colas, sodas, sweets and desserts as they are full of calories and can give you a ton of those extra kilos. Stay away from Chinese food, french fries, burgers, pizza, pasta or snacks. These foods are injurious to the health of the child.
Do exercise daily A large number of children avoid exercising daily and are glued to mobile phones. But, it is the need of the hour for parents to encourage their kids to burn those extra calories. In addition to preventing obesity, being active can help a child be more energetic in class, relieve stress and worries, have a healthier heart, sleep well and have a stronger immune system. Make sure the child walks, does aerobics, or swims at least 5 days a week without fail.