September is the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The past few decades have been quite disturbing in the trends that overweight and obesity are taking over our society at large.
Look at this gruesome statistics collected by CDC:
- Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.1, 2
- The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.1, 2
- In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.1
- Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors.3Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.4
- Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.5,6
And it’s not about anybody’s willpower not to eat more. No, it’s not!
More and more clinical studies are coming with their wake-up calls pointing out that what we breath in, what we package our food into, what clothes and personal products we put on – all that has a powerful effect on our hormonal system.
Hormone disruption, that is what they call it.
With that knowledge in mind, i.e., what we put on and inside of us does effect our weight and well-being, many companies started their journey some years ago to offer organic, clean, green, eco-friendly foods and consumer products to us, the final consumers. And it works. How we change our living habits, eating habits, socializing habits – all that contributes to our health overall.
— Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) September 3, 2015
There’s a trend happening these days when green companies offer their products through huge online aggregators – the sellers – of the organic and natural foods, personal care, cosmetics, supplements and much more. Usually, we can save money when we buy products from such companies. One of the most prominent of them is Puritan’s Pride.
We, as consumers, can find amazing brands we already love, and educated ourselves on many health issues – all done from one place.
This month, Puritan’s Pride and Celebrate Woman Today have teamed up to bring you the message of health and well-being when it comes to kids’ eating habits. With Kristen Schierenbeck, a Nutritionist at Puritan’s Pride, here are some tips that will resonate with parents who are adamant about their children’s healthy growing and development.
Eat Together with Kids
If you can’t make it dinner, plan for a quick family breakfast before the day starts. Whip up a smoothie to share! Check one of the simple, yet yummy recipe anybody can use!
Snack Swap for School Lunches
Stash healthy snacks in the front of the fridge for 3 PM snack attack! Use sliced fruit, crudite or even the veggies that are part of dinner. We do cut up fresh fruit and veggies for snacking and store these yummies in the fridge.
Kid-Dominated Dinners Means Family Bonding
We know it’s not relaxing to take the kids to the grocery store. Turn the stress into an opportunity to talk about how to talk about how to make healthy food choices for your whole family. And even point out how to read the food labels! Educate, in tiny steps, what ingredients to look for and what to avoid! Your personal example is the strongest and would stay with your child forever.
Grains are multi-purpose nutritional powerhouses! Make a huge batch on a Sunday, then incorporate it into your week-long meal preparation. Think Ancient Grains like Quinoa, Kamut, Chia that are rich in protein and essential amino acids.
Put a vitamin on every breakfast plate. And start it with yourself! Doing it every day will get this tiny habit to turn into a huge boost in your lifestyle.
- Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012. Journal of the American Medical Association 2014;311(8):806-814.
- National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2011: With Special Features on Socioeconomic Status and Health . Hyattsville, MD; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2012.
- National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Disease and Conditions Index: What Are Overweight and Obesity? Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health; 2010.
- Krebs NF, Himes JH, Jacobson D, Nicklas TA, Guilday P, Styne D. Assessment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Pediatrics 2007;120:S193–S228.
- Daniels SR, Arnett DK, Eckel RH, et al. Overweight in children and adolescents: pathophysiology, consequences, prevention, and treatment. Circulation 2005;111;1999–2002.
- Office of the Surgeon General. The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation.[PDF – 840 KB]. Rockville, MD, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.