Indian Kids are Turning Obese at an Alarming Rate (National Childhood Obesity Week)
Our children are getting fatter with every passing year. Around 2 percent of urban Indian kids are obese, 8-10 percent of them are overweight, and the number of children being a victim of obesity is growing. One thing we can say is that – “Child Obesity in India on the Rise”
We have Shilpa Mittal - Nutritionist, Diet Consultant and Founder of Nutrilife Health Management, Mumbai, to share her thought on childhood obesity. She says – "Obesity in children has tripled in the past two decades. The rate of development of mind and body in children decreases with junk food due to the empty calories it provides. A regular pizza provides about 800-1000 calories whereas a burger provides you with around 500 calories."
Junk food joints like pizza and burger stops have become a hot spot for all children. Children nowadays wish to fill their tummy with these types of food items rather than having a plate full of homemade food. Well, pizza and the burgers taste nice and exciting but are unable to provide the nutrition that is required for healthy living.
The hazards of making your child a junk food addict are tremendous. Researchers also warn that children who are fed with junk food have lower IQ than their counterparts who ate nutritious food. Junk food does no good to your child, it also decreases your child’s efficiency, which is important for children. Besides, it also increases heart related diseases among children, who are depended on junk food.
The only way to remove your child from this vicious cycle is by clearing the misconception that – an obsess child is a healthy child and the so called “ baby fat” will vanish as the child grows.
Once the habit is developed for junk food, it gets very difficult to get rid of the addiction. To ensure that kids do not make this unhealthy lifestyle a permanent part of their life one should start inculcating good nutritional habits right from the time the child is young. Besides, this makes sure that your child is taking part in various physical activities.