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Coaching Parents May Reduce Child’s Obesity

Statistics show that 20 to 25 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds are overweight or obese, but a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) may help reduce that number. This study showed that babies of new mothers taught how to respond to their child’s needs had lower body mass indexes (BMI) by age 3 than their counterparts. According to BBC, the advice included instructions on:

  • Sleep routines
  • Alternatives to feeding for calming a fussy infant
  • Recognizing signals from the child of being hungry or full
  • Focusing on physical activities

Researchers said the interventions affected girls more so than boys.

Considering that one-third of American children between the ages of 2 and 19 are now overweight or obese, there is no question that parents need help learning how to properly nurture their babies rather than offering food as the solution to every cry. After infancy — when breast milk is the preferred food — the next most important thing to learn is how to shop at the grocery store.

Good shopping habits begins with avoiding the middle aisles, where most of the processed foods containing high amounts of grains and added sugars usually are placed, and introducing fresh, whole vegetables and fruits to children at an early age. Some very important reasons for this is because, although whole grains are “supposed” to help you lose weight, actually they don’t.

Low-fats don’t help either, as they are typically very high in sugar and sugar is what makes you pack on excess weight, and prevents your body from burning body fat. Additionally, nearly all grains, especially whole grains, are high in lectins, which can have very serious adverse metabolic consequences by increasing inflammation and autoimmune conditions.

Not only that, when babies are fed high-sugar foods from day one, they rapidly grow addicted to sugar. Few parents would consider doing this on purpose. They simply fail to realize that many infant formulas are absolutely loaded with sugar. They're basically feeding their infant the equivalent of soda, several times a day. Many also give their children fruit juice rather than water, thinking it's a healthy drink loaded with vitamins, again failing to realize a glass of fruit juice has as much sugar as a glass of soda.

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