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Why Teaching Your Kids About Living Healthy Is Top Priority

Mary Brighton is participating in a four-week dietetic training program until mid February 2013. She hopes to complete the French government’s dietetic requirements to have the right to practice the dietetic profession in France. Wish her luck! In the meantime, over the next month she brings you highlights of articles published during the first year of BrightonYourHealth. Happy reading and please feel free to add your opinion in the “Leave a Reply” section below the article.

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This is call to action about something close to my heart.

Healthy kids. Raising them healthy. Keeping them healthy.

I am sure you agree that when our kids, grand kids, (all the kids that we love) are healthy, we feel grateful.

But how do our kids get healthy? It is not just luck. It is work. A team effort too. And I fully believe that teaching our kids about living healthy is as important as any parental job. Teaching, raising and keeping our kids healthy prepares them for what faces them in the future:

How to live healthy in our unhealthy world.

How to stay in a good weight range.

How to have a positive self-esteem and good mental well-being.

By teaching our kids to live healthy we give them the gift that keeps giving. Because our kids will teach their kids how to live healthy too.

The childhood obesity epidemic and its health side effects

Childhood obesity rates are rising rapidly in most industrialized nations. In America, one of the countries the most affected by the childhood obesity epidemic, these following facts are frighteningly true.

In 2010, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. (Center for Disease Control)

Overweight and obese children have higher rates of high blood pressure compared with normal weight children.

Cardiovascular risk factors such as type 2 diabetes, high blood cholesterol and hypertension increase in much higher rates in obese children.

Type 2 diabetes in children is correlated with increased weight and insulin resistance.

The psychological effects of being overweight and obese can be devastating on a child’s self-esteem and mental well-being.

As a result, when a child is obese or has lifestyle health problems, there is a higher chance that these health issues will follow them through adulthood. Stroke, heart disease, sleep problems, kidney and mental health issues in adults are the unfortunate side effects. The good news is that by following a healthy diet and physical activity program, many negative health issues from being overweight as a child can be reversed with weight loss and a healthy diet with exercise.

My call to action is to live healthy with our kids now, whether they are very young (or not), at whatever stage they are in. Whether they are learning about how to eat, how to love nature, on how to move and to be physically active or whether they are teenagers and are facing peer pressure on food and body images. Our kids are sponges for learning no matter what age. It just takes forward action on the part of parents and caregivers to give them our kids the water of learning to live healthy.

It starts with us. We are the models.

Here is an article that is a good place to start: 11 Tips On How to ‘Live Healthy’ With Your Kids.  And then dive into this one, Your Child’s Normal Eating Starts with Your Normal Eating. 

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