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Some tips on preventing childhood obesity

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I am not a nutritionist therefore cannot give you the 411 on diet, but I thought it would be interesting to take a psychological perspective on it. Obesity is a major problem that exists in our society today. If we can stop it early on, I believe that that we can decrease the problem later on. My boyfriend and I came up with some techniques that we would like to use when we have children.

  1. Don’t fall for children targeted marketing

    Although some companies are making an effort to stop using child-targeted marketing such as Disney characters on unhealthy cereal boxes, there are still many unhealthy products out there that use child targeted marketing.

  2. Use child-targeted marketing on healthy foods

    If the Disney characters work on unhealthy foods then why not on healthy foods? My boyfriend suggested putting stickers on bananas or salads to make the children want to eat them.

  3. Promote exercise

    Of course diet alone cannot always do the trick, as with adults who are dieting, so exercising is very important. Encouraging children to play more actively and even joining a sports team could also help.

  4. Limit use in front of computer and video games

    It is easy to be absorbed in front of the computer and not realize that 8 hours has passed with barely no movement. By limiting use for children, they will naturally go outside and run around to burn calories.

  5. Eat meals together as a family instead of in front of the TV

    I have been raised in a family that values this very much. Not only does it force you to eat slower because you naturally have a conversation, but also promotes communication and a stronger link within your family.

Here are some more information on this topic:

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