Prevent Obesity: 5 Tips for Healthy Eating

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As parents, we all work hard to feed our children well.  We all go through stages of worrying whether our children eat too much or too little.  We all wonder at times if they are getting enough nutrition.

On the flip side, sometimes life feels too overwhelming to pay much attention to what makes it onto our plates.  As long as everybody is fed something, right?  It doesn’t mean we don’t care.  The other demands of life have simply taken precedence, whether we intended them to or not.

Whichever camp we fall in on any given day, this fact remains:  The rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. has tripled over the past 30 years.  In 1980, the percentage of obese children aged 6 to 11 years in the U.S. was 7%.  That number has climbed to 20% in 2008.  Now more than one third of all children are overweight…

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4 thoughts on “Prevent Obesity: 5 Tips for Healthy Eating

  1. oh how i wish J would eat a balanced meal like the one pictured above. the human body is amazing though. he eats SO little, yet he continues to grow (connie again, using derek’s account)

  2. Oh you are so not alone!! We have a preponderance of brown and tan shades of foods on our plates… it’s tough to “eat the rainbow”. A balanced meal is always a work-in-progress from the young to the old alike. Still working on it for myself…as well as that sweet tooth! My diet consists of maybe 50% empty calories.
    As for the actual amount J eats, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ultimately is eating just fine in terms of quantity when you take the overall average. Most kids are actually eating more than what we as parents perceive. Plus, toddlers are not supposed to gain weight as rapidly as they did that first year of life. Thank goodness…imagine how we’d all look like if we kept gaining weight like that first year of life!
    Why does Derek have an account but not you? 🙂

  3. Yolanda – great post about healthy eating. You know…my kids did not have a cookie, cake, ice cream, or sugary snack until their first birthday. And, although they like them now – (at age 3) – they will still choose fruit first. And we have yet to introduce soda. which I am very proud of 🙂

    • Great to hear! I have a huge sweet tooth myself, so I’ve been careful with my kids. I’ve been having to reassess what I eat too since the kids are always watching me. 🙂

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