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What cannot be changed during childhood, the more difficult treatment or correction will be in later decades. Childhood is a stage in which everything (or almost everything) is possible in relation to habits and behaviors.
In this stage the personality is ordered, and patterns are established that will be the basis of the child's behavior in adulthood. For this reason, it is necessary that everyone, those who are directly or indirectly related to the world of children, concentrate their efforts so that the child's education is the best possible. That will provide you with a healthy life in every way. It is necessary to be aware that health is an important piece for the balance of children.
One of the habits that can prevent childhood obesity is to create a habit in the child to eat well. Giving him the right food from birth is the best way to keep him healthy.. And it all starts with breast milk, and then with baby food, and then with menus. It is necessary for the child to try a little of everything, that his diet is varied and complete until at least two years of age. Apart from this habit of carefully selecting the food that we give to children, it is necessary to create, parallel to this, the habit of sharing food, table, and company.
Eating in front of the television should be avoided, as well as limiting your child's presence in front of the television to no more than 2 hours a day. Obese or non-obese parents are always examples for their children. If the father or mother eats too much food, and they are obese, it is almost certain that the child will also acquire that habit. In this case, it is necessary to modify family habits regarding food and, in parallel, to stimulate physical activities outdoors.
Obesity is not accidental. It can be prevented by respecting some suggestions granted by the Ministry of Health, in Spain:
1. The greater variety of foods exists in the diet, a greater guarantee that the diet is balanced and that it contains all the necessary nutrients.
2. Cereals (bread, pasta, rice, etc.), potatoes and legumes should constitute the feeding base, so that carbohydrates represent between 50% and 60% of the calories in the diet.
3. It is recommended that fats do not exceed 30% of the daily intake, and the consumption of saturated fats and fatty acids should be reduced.
4. Proteins must provide between 10% and 15% of total calories, and must combine proteins of animal and vegetable origin.
5. It must increase daily fruit intake, vegetables and greens until reaching, at least, 400 gr./day. That is, consume at least 5 servings a day of these foods.
6. Moderate the consumption of products rich in simple sugars, such as candy, sweets and soft drinks.
7. Reduce the consumption of salt, from all sources, less than 5 grams / day, and promote the use of iodized salt.
8. Drink between one and two liters of water a day.
9. Never do without a complete breakfast consisting of dairy products, cereals (bread, cookies, breakfast cereals ...) and fruits to which you should dedicate between 15 and 20 minutes of time. In this way, the need to consume less nutritious food in the middle of the morning is avoided or reduced and physical and intellectual performance at school is improved.
10. Involve all members of the family in activities related to eating: shopping, deciding on the weekly menu, preparing and cooking food, etc.
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