End of year holidays are synonymous with rest, good food and even holidays; The Christmas season is the longest school break where thousands of children have more free time, including unhealthy activities such as television, tablets, cell phones and video games.
Poor physical activity and excess consumption of food (especially those rich in fat and sugar) are triggers for obesity in children; the condition means a decrease in life expectancy of at least 7 years, because body fat buildup promotes the development of heart disease, hypertension and other metabolic disorders such as diabetes.
NEW EPS produces a series of tips for parents and children themselves to be driving health habits and with them preventing obesity in children:
1. When making a market, keep in mind that you decide what you will eat at home and how many.
2. Include more fruits and vegetables and a little fat and sweet products. Customize your children since they were young, to take fruit juice or yogurt as a dessert, not sweets.
3. Don't fill the cupboard with cakes, chocolate, cakes, sweets, chips, soda and anything that provides little nutrition and lots of calories.
4. It is important that breakfast is abundant and complete. And you have to share food all day (four or five days).
5. In a snack, choose fruit, milk or snacks, not industrial sweets.
6. It is not convenient to completely ban certain foods, such as sweets, because in their size they are harmless and can not eat them can never cause anxiety in children and rejection by other foods.
7. Of course, consumption of sugary soft drinks should be limited, especially when eating, because in addition to fattening, the child temporarily sucks and the child stops eating healthy food.
8. Always try to eat as a family, and with that you will have the possibility to monitor what children eat and in the process of knowing their children's activities.
9. When eating out, you must choose a restaurant that serves healthy and nutritious food, not fast food. Never use food as a gift or punishment.
10. It's easier to exercise every day, even if it's only a long walk. If parents have a healthy lifestyle, the child will have it too.
11. Since childhood, make it a habit to play outside and to stay active, reduce television hours, video games, and other sedentary activities.
12. Encourage him to be interested in exercise training, in groups or individuals. Of course there is someone who likes it and can do it as an extracurricular activity, or on weekends.