Childhood obesity amongst poorer families – should we be concerned?
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As a nutrition coach I have noticed that more of my clients are concerned about the weight issues affecting their whole family, including the children. It seems that some parents are really worried and don’t know what to do.
Not only are parents worried but Government organisations are too. Public Health England (PHE) this week said that children from poorer backgrounds are more likely to be obese than their weather classmates. Traditionally, poverty has been associated with malnutrition and thinnness
PHE found that overweight and obese children are eating an extra 500 calories a day, that could lead to a 1lb or ½ a kilo weight gain a week
The issue of obese children has also come to the attention of Notts TV. They came to interview me a few years ago. Here’s a short clip of the interview that was later aired on ‘The 6.30 show’
So why do we have this potential epidemic?
I don’t believe there is one simple issue or factor, I think it is a combination of the following (and probably more):
- Lack of knowledge and education about healthy eating.
- The availability of food (on the way to school, at school, after school, at the weekend, in the cinema etc),
- Too much sugary and processed food
- Lack of exercise and activity
- Overweight parent(s)
This week I was also taking to Gem106 radio about why this trend is happening
People’s perception could be that fresh vegetables and fruit are expensive, but that isn’t necessarily the case
If you have concerns about your child’s weight what should you do?
- First get their BMI etc confirmed by your GP or from the National Childs Measurement Programme data
- Get support from the GP or a support group
- Look at portion control
- Encourage your child, tell them they are great, boost their confidence
- Don’t make it all about weight loss
- Find fun family things to do that encourage activity (and burns calories)
- Get cooking together, include more veggies and fruit
- Make sure they are well hydrated as thirst is often mistaken for hunger. Water or milk is the preferred drink
- Regain your motivation for home cooking- as a trained chef I can help you get back your cooking confidence with my vegan cooking classes, in West Bridgford. These take place during the day and early evening
Phone to book your place 07946 301338
- Exercise can be as important as diet. To lose weight effectively and to maintain a healthy weight it is always best to both eat sensibly and to exercise regularly.
- The Governments recommends that children and young people aged 5-18 need to do:
- At least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, such as cycling and playground activities and fast running and tennis.
- On three days a week, these activities should involve muscle and bone strengthening activities like push-ups, skipping or running.
- Get some healthy eating advice; that could be from the school, the GP or a nutrition coach like me. I have recently been talking about this very subject on Notts TV so please Contact me on 07946 301338 for a free consultation.
If you are unsure where to start to make a healthy change for your family, have a look at some of my previous blog posts where you will find guidance, advice and healthy eating recipes, or come and see me for a one to one nutrition session