The Problem that is Childhood Obesity

Obesity in children is a real problem.  The increased rates of Type II Diabetes is an issue for young people.  And as a nation, we need to pay attention to these facts to reverse the cycle of unhealthy eating and excess weight gain.  This is happening in every community.  It is not someone else’s mess.

“Even children who aren’t obese may be establishing patterns and habits that push them toward obesity — and all of its challenges — in the future.”

We need to work on our menus at home and at school.  Teaching children to crave healthy foods and learn to eat well is our job as parents.  If you start early or late, you can made changes if you stand behind them.

Children are resilient.  They learn to adapt and change on a daily basis.  Adults have a harder time.  My advice, read this article and decide what you can do to make some adjustments to your family’s lifestyle.  Then put a plan in action.  Just do it!

Read this article for more tips.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/08/11/5-steps-for-any-parent-worried-about-a-childs-weight/

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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