We need to have a frank talk about child obesity.
Wait! Don’t run away! I know–most talks about obesity are ungodly depressing, what with the we’re-all-going-to-die! rhetoric that usually kicks off any discussion of the subject. So I’m going to start a bit backward here and tell you what can help, really help, courtesy of the University of California, San Francisco.
- Get rid of all sugared drinks (yep–juice, soft drinks, sports drinks, the whole shebang). Serve only water and milk at home.
- Eat your carbohydrates with fiber. The best way to avoid overdoing sugar in your kids’ diet is to serve it the way nature produces it: in fresh fruits and veggies.
- Wait 20 minutes before offering second helpings.
- Have your kids buy their “screen time”–TV, games, etc.–minute-for-minute with physical activity.