From Your Health Journal…..”A very interesting article from Gulf Today by Lina Abdul Rahman entitled Strict diets not good for obese kids, expert advises parents. This is a very good article, that I had to promote here. We know there is an obesity epidemic facing the youth of the world (as well as adults). Obesity related illnesses are up including heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and weak joints. Sedentary lifestyle is a major concern, as children (and adults) are consumed in technology, which does not promote physical activity time. Many times, obese children go on very strict diets, and in many cases, parents are doing it the incorrect, and potentially dangerous way. Obese children should never go on a diet that deprives them of certain kinds of food. On the contrary, such kids should be encouraged to resort to healthy eating habits that include consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables. Please visit The Gulf News web site (link provided below) to read this complete article. It may help some of you keep your children healthy.”
From the article…..
Obese children should never go on a diet that deprives them of certain kinds of food. On the contrary, such kids should be encouraged to resort to healthy eating habits that include consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, recommended Dr Hala Beshri, a paediatric specialist.
Dr Beshri said obesity was a global disease that was widespread nowadays even among young children. This condition, the doctor noted, was mainly caused by increased consumption of junk food and less of healthy food containing nutrients and vitamins.
“I am not supporting the idea of making obese children go on strict diets but rather I would encourage them to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, besides indulging in adequate physical activity and regular exercises. Moreover, children’s weight and height must be regularly maintained and monitored.”
Dr Beshri noted that the aim should never be to lose weight but to maintain it at a healthy level through a healthy diet. Some children find it extremely difficult to keep off junk food. For them, fresh fruit juices or vegetables should accompany their choice of food, the doctor advised.
When asked about the importance of a healthy lifestyle for children in particular, she said, “Adopting a healthy lifestyle is fundamental, which can help keep their weight in check. This can be achieved in various ways: namely, by getting children to walk or engage in any other physical activity on a daily basis.