Thursday, October 7, 2010

Family Lifestyle and Obesity

Family Lifestyle is linked to obesity. A recent study in the American Journal of Sociology showed that adolescents tend to be heavier in families that frequently miss meals or spend several hours a day in front of the TV or playing video games. Weight issues also tend to run in families, not just because of genetics, but primarily because of what the family does together, what they eat and how they organize themselves as a family

It’s important not to skip meals. You will likely end up hungrier later which can result in overeating.

Family meals are also very important. When kids sit down and eat with their family, they tend to have a more normal weight because parents can give structure for the meals, provide a well-balanced meal and set limits around food, such as it’s not a good idea to skip eating vegetables and then have two helpings of dessert.

Watching TV and eating should be done separately. Kids and families who spend more time in front of the TV are more likely to be heavier.

Adopt healthy behaviors you can do as a family – quality time that’s also active – such as going for a walk, playing in the backyard, or spending time at a park playing ball. Exploramania offers you the award-winning Exploracise Gymathtics DVD series, which is a great activity that can be done as a family

Parents are role models and children will adopt their habits and behaviors, so let’s make sure we set a good example that encourages healthy lifestyle choices.

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