Correcting Childhood Obesity with nutrition, exercise and Chiropractic care
Posted Feb 08 2010 3:52am
If you have ever walked around a mallyou have seen childhood obesitykids eating foods with poor nutritional content and more interested in texting than exercising. We’re in the middle of a raging epidemic affecting America’s youth – the obesity epidemic. The number of American adolescents who are obese increased 300% in the last 40 years.
Childhood obesity is a problem that can potentially affect every family. The good news is that in almost all casesobesity is a lifestyle disorder. In other wordschildren become obese because of behaviors learned from their friends and their parents.
Healthy eating and regular exercise are the two critically important steps to take to help ensure your child retains an appropriate weight. With respect to healthy eating -
•Eliminate all trans fats from your children’s diet – this includes almost all fast foods
•Cut down on sugary drinks
•Serve at least five portions of fresh fruits and vegetables every day
•Serve complex carbohydrates such as whole grains
•Serve lean meatfishand poultry
Children need at least an hour of physical activity every day. This includes outdoor playsportsand calisthenics. Make sure your kids are getting enough exercise!
Adding Chiropractic care to the mix assures that there are no physical reasons why a child can’t or doesn’t exercise. Our office will perform a complementary screen to identify potiential structrual problems. Visit our website at www.southingtonchiropractor.com to find out more about chiropractic and children.