Are your children healthy or over weight?
As a parent of 2 adult children I have successfully navigated them into being healthy and strong adults.
I utilized my knowledge as both a nurse and Naturopath to achieve this.
Now my children are passing on their good health and well being tips to their partners and friends.
I care about children’s health because they are our future citizens so we need to teach them how to be healthy.
Kids learn and adapt quickly so it’s vital to provide them with quality health care, optimal nutrition and beneficial mind techniques.
If you have concerns for your child’s health click here to book a consultation.
Child Obesity Signs and risk factors include:
- High energy food intake and lack of physical activity
- Dysbiosis in infanthood (may be a result of diet or antibiotic use)
- Chronic otitis media (may increase preferences for sweeter and saltier ‘junk’ foods)
- Childhood stress
- Parental BMI – overweight parents double the risk for overweight children
- Maternal smoking during pregnancy
- Gestational Diabetes
- Nutritional deficiency in pregnancy, especially methylating factors, folic acid and vitamin B12
- Low birth weight
- Not breast feeding. Various theories why, but bottle feeding tends to introduce solids earlier.
- Timing of introduction of solids. Higher BMI trend at 10 years of age if solids introduced before 6 months, and higher still at 7years of age if introduced before 15 weeks.
- Pre – and post-natal toxin exposure, such as BPA and heavy metals
- Poor sleep
- High TV and technology use.
So if your child is obese what can you actively do about it.
Follow these tips.
- Identify feelings associated with being overweight or obese, and meaningful factors to help to commit to making the dietary and lifestyle changes to achieve weight loss goals. Questions to help identify their inspiration, practitioners might ask:
- What would you do if you were healthier and fitter?
- If you had a better weight, what new activities would you like to do?
- Some suggestions to support motivation and inspiration:
- Plan specific exercise times during the week.
- Ensure they include incidental activity as a part of their daily routine o
- Add variety to their exercise to avoid boredom or Ensure they exercise in a group or with friends
- Find non-structured exercise activities they enjoy, such as dance classes, team sports, playing with other children. o
- Set realistic goals and record progress together.
- Regular consultations are vital for this
Metagenics has a great range of specifically designed products tested on the fussiest children that can assist in reducing your child’s obesity.
Call today to find out more. Phone Bernie the Naturopath on 0414842572