According to a recent study on Kids & Snacks, children are over snacking on junk food, a cause of childhood obesity. They are consuming 3 of these snacks per day plus three meals.
Parents have been blamed by public health officials for the unhealthy eating and not ensuring adequate exercise. Parents are not the only ones to be blamed but they are taking the beating.
This article gives some practical advice for parents to protect their children’s health from obesity. Three steps were mentioned:
- Cut back on snack to one per day
- Limit TV time to no more than 2 hours per day
- Be a role model and engage in physical activity
Obesity is one health risk factor used in our health program to educate people on preventing diseases. Two other health risk factors are unhealthy eating and physical inactivity. Parents can eliminate these risk factors from their kids lifestyle by taking these steps, by eliminating them from theirs they can become role models.
Replacing the junk snacks with healthy ones is another way to go.
Read more on this health education program.