We’ve looked at the stats before – not only is our adult population growing bigger, our kids are too. One-third of our youngsters have a body mass index indicating overweight or obesity.
Parents, how are we not aware of the problem? And what value is there in knowing your child is overweight? Excess weight may carry negative physical and psychological problems with it; and most would agree control is easier than “cure”.
The weight and health of our children is NOT the responsibility of the school system or government. It is a parent’s duty to establish healthy lifelong habits for our children.
And while I doubt June Cleaver is prepping meals at your house, understanding this continuous snacking trend is important and seems to be the key to weight management for kids and adults.
Three thoughts on snacks:
- accept that snacking is a constant
- plan, shop and prepare snacks
- use “mealtime foods” as snacks
Don’t make snacking more difficult than it needs to be. A mix of both carbohydrates and protein seem to be optimal. That might take the form of something as exotic as glass of milk, cereal with milk, a handful of nuts, or a half sandwich. The only real challenge is to keep it as readily available as that box of cookies or bag of chips!
PLAN some better snacks to be well,