When it comes to diets, I have to be honest, mine isn’t the healthiest. Yet whilst I am more than happy sat here eating my second bar of Galaxy, when it comes to my children, I want them to learn the importance of eating well and exercising as they grow, and in that way I need to lead by example.
As babies, all four of mine would eat whatever was laid out in front of them, weaning without difficulty, eating a range of foods and a reasonable amount of treats, but the older they get, the fussier they have become.
I have always been very careful about the words that we use to describe foods in our house. There are no “good” or “bad” foods, there are just healthier options and treats, something which causes us great difficulty at times as it seems that the youngest three especially are way more interested in the treats!
Recently I’ve been reading a lot about the ever growing childhood obesity crisis, and the statistics are shocking.
- 19.1% of children in Year 6 (aged 10-11) are obese and a further 14.2% are overweight.
- Of children in Reception (aged 4-5), 9.1% are obese and another 12.8% are overweight.
- This means a third of 10-11 year-olds and over a fifth of 4-5 year-olds are overweight or obese.
- 74% of men in UK will be overweight.
- 64% of women in UK will be overweight.
- 36% of men and women in UK will be obese.
Statistics like this are such a concern, especially as a parent, and yet when I came across this free healthy living family pack which I was able to download and print off at home, I realised that there are lots of ways we can tackle this head on. Complete with family activity cards, a days out wish list, a daily chores calorie counter for parents, and a chore chooser star chart for children, the pack includes everything we need to get more active, eat healthier and ensure that our children do not add to these statistics in the coming years.
I also asked a group of bloggers for their top tips in preventing childhood obesity and to share the ways in which they encourage their children to make healthier choices and stay active as a family.
“Hidden veg pasta sauce (baked beans, peas, butternut squash and any other veg you want to sneak in there!) all mixed together and blended to be poured over pasta. Plus plenty of outside walks to collect natural things to make into pictures when we get home.”
Vicki at Tippytupps
“We offer to take my Dads dog for a walk. We don’t have one so the kids see it as a novelty and a treat to take him out, which in turns gets us and the dog out exercising all whilst it being fun.”
Beth at Twinderelmo
“We took out an annual membership to our local WWT centre to encourage us all to get outside and walking more. As we have paid for a yearly membership it encourages us to go more!”
Jess at Tantrums to smiles.
“My husband took up running last year and has now got the kids involved too, he takes them to our local junior park run on a Sunday morning which they can do from 4 years old.”
Josie at Business for mums
“We have an allotment plot now so get lily involved in growing vegetables and fruit which has really helped. Also we go on a family walk pretty much every weekend which we try to make fun by involving activities, a treasure hunt or bingo.”
Alex at Better together home
“To ensure healthy eating I started to look at ways I could make food fun for my boy. That’s ultimately why I stared up my blog. For getting out and about we absolutely love geocaching, basically a huge treasure hunt!”
Emma at Me and B make tea
“Involving my son in choosing his food and giving him a choice of healthy options eg carrots or broccoli, and I make all chips myself with just potatoes and low calorie cooking spray.”
Jen at Just average Jen
Armed with these fantastic tips and aided by my healthly living pack, I am hoping that we can make 2017 a healthy one for all the family. I hope that you will join us!