We provide child care for children from suburbs like Vic Park. We take care of children from diverse backgrounds of all different shapes and sizes. But one thing we really try to treat with compassion is childhood obesity.
Effects of Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity is a terrible predictor for the future. Obese children are statistically prone to struggling with obesity their entire lives. They are also prone to having a negative self-image and depression when they get older. While we never allow it to happen at any Cuddles Childcare Centre, obese children are often shamed and looked down upon by their peers.
Causes of Childhood Obesity
While childhood obesity can be caused by a genetic predisposition to gaining weight easily, the bottom line is that it is impossible to become obese unless one is taking in more food energy than they burn off in a day. The extra energy turns into fat. This is usually caused by unhealthy food and drink choices and/or a lack of physical activity.
There are some children whose bodies gain weight more efficiently than others. There can also be environmental factors, though we don’t really know what all of them are yet.
Fighting Childhood Obesity
The obvious way to help your child not be obese is to regulate his or her eating. We recommend natural, healthy foods only. It is especially important to limit or ban sweet drinks and snacks with sugar or any artificial sweetener in them. Even fruit juices can have too much sugar.
If your child is overweight, limit his or her foods to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meat, chicken, eggs and legumes. The healthiest drinks you can give your child are water and milk.
Exercise is another factor. Try to encourage your child to play outside instead of watching TV or playing video games. Also, try to reduce their stress level. Encourage them to have more social interactions.
Call Cuddles Childcare Centres Today
To enquire about child care or to learn more, call your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre today.