The U.S. National Library of Medicine estimates that at least one in five children and teens in the U.S. are overweight. These kids have shown an alarming increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes.
Set a good example for your kids by eating a variety of healthy foods. Involve children in food shopping and preparation. Children are often more willing to try foods that they help prepare. Keep introducing healthy foods, even if children don’t like some of them at first.
Even younger kids can help wash and tear lettuce and add cherry tomatoes to a salad. Then show them how to dip chicken pieces in a bowl with beaten egg and a bit of skim milk. Shake the chicken pieces in a plastic bag along with panko bread crumbs and seasoning for yummy (and healthy) baked chicken.
Being physically active is another way to help kids. If you are having trouble motivating your kids to exercise, try making small changes, such as walking for 30 minutes a day. Go to the local park and let them play. Take a 15-minute break from the TV and go for a walk. Small changes can make a difference and therefore motivate you to exercise more.