Obesity can have a major impact on how children feel about themselves and how they interact with others. Obese adolescents are more likely to have low self-esteem, which may impact on other aspects of their lives, such as the development of friendships and competency at school.  Being obese as a child or adolescent increases the risk of a range of diseases and disorders in adulthood, regardless of whether the adult is obese or not. It’s important to identify and start to reverse the condition before children become adults. Ideally, overweight and obesity should be prevented.

1. THE QUICK WAY TO SHUT YOUR KID’S MOUTH

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We live in an age where patience is not everyone’s strength. Hey mom, hey dad, how often are you irritated with your kid who is crying for a toy, something he wants or without any reason,  just crying? Every parent looks for some sort of solution to this problem! If you think ” giving the kid what he / she likes to eat so that they shut their mouth for a while”, you are in big trouble! Not only are you going to start feeding them more, you will make them make this a habit. Don’t treat feeding them with good food as a solution. Have patience in them, you can change them using discipline.

2. RESISTANCE TO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

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One of the most beautiful memories of our childhood is the memory of all friends getting together and playing in the middle of the road! With concern for safety increasing amongst parents and township lifestyles , the chances for children to play free has reduced even if you don’t agree. If your kid isn’t very inclined towards stepping out in the sun and the rain , you have high chances of watching the boy/girl grow into a couch potato.

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3. YOU ARE OVERPROTECTIVE!

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To learn to ride a bicycle is almost every kid’s dream! As a parent, you will surely get the kid his/her the dream bicycle , but with those 2 side-wheels to make sure your kid’s limbs are intact! But how far is being protective good? Can you always be there to save the kid from a fall? If you are trying to do so, you are turning the kid into a ball of fear. This will lead to a lack of initiative / interest in learning new activities and over time becomes resistant towards any physical activity. Before you know it, your kid’s health would have deteriorated.

4. THE UNHEALTHY COOK/HELPER

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In the present day, most families have both parents working. With more purchasing power, is coming the need to have a cook/chef at home while the parents are away. Now , not only is the ” Ghar ka khana” missing, you have no idea if the cook is feeding your child a healthy oatmeal or a cheesy sandwich. Your kid will within no time have developed a liking towards junk due to your cook. Have a check on what your cook is feeding your child. Say no to “junk” and appoint a cook who cooks healthier meals for the family.

5. SWEET BINGE FOR EVERY OCCASION

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Any advertisement with sweets and ice cream in it catches a kids eye. Now, most times as a culture we distribute and eat sweets for any happy occasion. If this is not being done in moderation, it is a red light! If your kid craves for chocolates and ice cream every time he/she is happy, this will lead to high intake of sugar for the child which is surely not a good sign. If the family is consuming sweets without thinking about its consequences , chances are your kid will be overweight before you know it!

6. MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY OVERLOAD AT HOME

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What all do you possess at home? A wifi connection? A landline? A mobile phone? An iPad? A desktop? A smart watch? There are at least 3 – 4 of these in every household today. Audio Visual entertainment is a kids paradise. But anything overdone is bad! Is your kid spending more than an hour on one of these gadgets watching Youtube Videos and surfing the internet every day? As much as this is educational in a way, it is surely reducing the physical activity of the kid!

7. CUTE NOW, UNHEALTHY LATER?

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Who doesn’t adore a good healthy plump child with chubby cheeks? A kid with such features will be the attraction of a crowd and will get a lot of “awws” from women. Due to this, you don’t really mind the extra fat on the kid. Within no time, this method of not worrying about the ” extra fat ” factor, the kid grows up into an adult with an inferiority complex. No matter how cute your kid is, there is a fine line between cuteness and fat. If you have ignored that line, it’s a sign!

8. A PINCH OF HEREDITY?

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We are not all we make ourselves to be! Do you have obese parents? Obese grandparents? Do you have a family that overeats and does not workout? If the answers to all these questions are a “yes” there are high chances that your kid will be obese too. Now, it is not sure that this will happen. With moderation of the diet and periodic physical activity , it can all be controlled.

9. IS YOUR HOME A “JUNKYARD”

Does the fridge in your house have chocolates all the time? Do you have your kids pick up whatever they want at the supermarket when you go grocery shopping? Are biscuits ( especially the cream filled ones ) in abundance in your house? Again, if your answer is yes, it’s a bad sign. The fact that junk is readily available at your child’s disposal, the child will never choose a healthy option. This will make it very hard to give importance to health in the coming years.

10. HEALTH ISSUES

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Is he/she already panting for breath easily after climbing the stairs? After walking in the hot sun for a few minutes , is it resulting in a blackout? If your kid is showing signs like these, there is damage already done. With such happenings, the child will grow resistant towards any kind of physical activity which will lead to putting on a lot of weight. This needs to be looked after at an early stage to change the lifestyle into a healthier one!