The Importance Of Setting Goals For Children Aimed At Developing Into Healthy Adults

1061 Words Mar 21st, 2015 5 Pages
Introduction

Setting goals for your children aimed at developing into healthy adults is essential. But as a parent you must be careful in how you are doing it, otherwise it will backfire, and you will end up witnessing your kids doing the very opposite of what you want to do. That could cost them their health one day--and even their life. Indeed, the problem is quite serious. There has been a marked increase in childhood obesity in the last thirty years, which, in turn, leads to a host of illnesses that were, at one time, mainly adults have experienced. According to the University of Michigan Medical System, some of these illnesses include: Diabetes, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, and sleep apnea, to name a few. Even if your child does not experience any of the above diseases, being overweight can lead to some psychological concerns, such as low self-esteem which, in turn, could lead to depression.

Goal 1: Replacing Sugary Snacks With Healthier Ones vs. Placing them on a Diet

It 's so easy to try to solve the problem of childhood obesity by a "quick fix," such as a diet. However, diets don 't work for adults, and they are most likely even less successful in children. Placing sudden and severe restrictions on what a child can eat may create more problems than it solves, for your child may get his pop, cheeseburgers and fries from elsewhere, when he believes that he is well out of the reach of your watchful eye.

Rather, make it a lifestyle change. Put the healthier…

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