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STRUGGLE WITH OVEREATING? (read this)
Thank you for this post @coachojoi 👏🏾👏🏾❤️
And thanks for all you do in Lagos to contribute to healthier living.
#1 is 💯Keep Overly Tempting Foods out of your Household!
🎈As a pediatrician who sees so many overweight and obese kids from 2-21 years old in my office; the #1 problem is what lies in the pantries and refrigerators in their homes.
🎈If all the high calorie, high sugar, high fat, processed foods are easily accessible-guess what-you, your spouse and your kids will eat them!!
🎈Save those unhealthy foods for treat time once every 2-4 weeks. Have them at a place outside the home, or only bring home one serving for everyone as a treat. .
🎈Another big one is portion control. Know your satiety level and listen to your body when it’s full.
🎈And remember, exercise is essential for a healthy cardiovascular system, but if you’re overeating and exercising, you won’t lose any weight. .
🎈Types of foods/portion control contribute to 75-80% of weight loss or weight maintenance.
🎈The most common phrase I hear from parents with obese children is
“But he plays sports, or But she does PE...why is he/she still gaining weight? She doesn’t eat-she only had one apple all day yesterday”.
🎈There are many levels to this question.
Sports are seasonal- many kids play basketball this season and sit around the rest of the year and are not active.
🎈Working out, but still overeating=weight gain
🎈Denial❗️-she can’t be eating only apples all day, and gaining 20lbs every year as a teenager.
🎈Our kids emulate us. Most obese or overweight kids have one or both parents who is/are obese or overweight.
⬆️Type 2 Diabetes, HTN, arthritis, self esteem and psychological issues, increased bullying (I know the bully is always the problem-but we can help our kids achieve more self confidence by eating healthier).
🎈Last but not least-it is not solely the School’s fault for feeding your child junk. Good eating habits start from home. Your kids will make better food choices at school if that’s what they practice at home.
🎈Here’s to healthier adults for 2019 whose responsibility it is to help kids❗️