Child obesity and back problems
The number of children with a faulty posture is increasing in our country. Often we do not realize that it is caused by obesity. A lack of movement combined with unhealthy eating habits causes increasing obesity, and a faulty posture.
Obesity in children is a serious problem. Unfortunately, it is sometimes unwittingly caused by the parents themselves. Our children have less opportunities to be active than in the past: we drive them to school, they spend many hours sitting in a classroom, they buy sweets from the school canteen, and when they return from school, spend many hours in front of the TV or doing additional classes. Where is the time for activity in such a schedule? There is physical education at school, but it is not enough to guarantee a healthy posture. A busy parent prefers to take their child for a pizza than prepare something healthy and nutritious. A lack of time also causes parents to pay less attention to their children, a failure to encourage them to be active, mainly because that when a child sits in front of the computer, the parents have a moment for themselves. This is a serious mistake: who if not the parents should encourage and motivate children to be active and develop proper eating habits?
Obesity causes scoliosis, pectoral and pelvic girdle contraction, and crooked knees and heels. These are just some of the examples – there are more. You must remember that a faulty posture can be corrected up to the age of 15, and any later is extremely difficult, or even impossible. This is why healthy eating habits should be developed at an early age.
It only takes a little effort to take care of your children’s health, and prevent weight problems. First of all you must limit the amount of sweets your child eats, as they contain a lot of sugar and empty calories. You do not have to resign from sweets entirely, but just be realistic in the amount. Good alternatives for sweets are fruit, which mixed with natural yoghurt create a delicious cocktail. In time children get used to such a diet and stop craving sweets. You should also try to limit fat in your meals. Instead of frying on oil, use an electric grill, or a Teflon pan without fat or oil. You should limit the amount of toppings, such as sauces, mayonnaise, or cream. These toppings are a real trap, as they often contain more calories than the meal itself. Of course, a child’s diet should be free from fast food, crisps, and soda – all unfortunately loved by children! We should choose products such as skimmed milk, poultry, fish, and natural yoghurts. Vegetables are also crucial, full of a variety of elements supporting bodily functioning.
It is worth underlining another problem. Obesity in children might be an explanation for unusual behaviour. Children eat to comfort themselves, sweets make them feel better, and sadness and anger disappear. Parents and teachers need to observe and not allow them to seek comfort in food when they get laughed at, or rejected by colleagues because of their looks or lack of sporting ability. Unfortunately, parents themselves use sweets to comfort their children. They are only trying to help the child, but as a result end up hurting them.
Let us try to encourage our children to eat healthily and be active. We do not have to deprive them of cookies or chocolate, but do not make them into a main meal! Activeness and a healthy diet will help our children develop the correct posture, and a nutritious meal rich with vitamins will provide energy for activity. Remember, diagnosed posture flaws or obesity will only develop with age!