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Combat Childhood Obesity With Nutrition

Combat Childhood Obesity With Smart Dietary Decisions

Childhood obesity is a global issue that has many associated health risks, including diabetes and heart complications. The risk of childhood obesity can be reduced substantially by ensuring your child receives the proper nutrition.

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Healthy eating and attitudes towards food begin at home. Because childhood obesity can lead to serious medical conditions, it’s important to feed your children only the most nutritious food. Sugar and excessive carbohydrates can make children gain weight rapidly. Some studies have linked childhood obesity to a high protein intake, so make sure that your child is eating a balanced diet that also contains enough fruit and vegetables.

Should You Lower Your Child’s Protein Intake?

Suggested links between lower protein intake and lower obesity levels mean that a diet focusing more on healthy vegetables (especially the green and yellow options) and protein, such as: fish, chicken, lentils and other legumes, are possibly wise preventative measures. If your child is at risk of becoming obese, consult a dietician to assist with a healthy eating plan for the whole family.

Protein Is Part Of A Larger Nutritional Picture

Protein, like most other nutrients, is vital and beneficial so long as it’s eaten in moderation. Besides fostering healthy muscle development, protein also supplies the body with important amino acids and helps with cellular repair.  Too much protein can lead to weight gain and heart disease, but too little can stunt muscular development. This is why it’s best to include all the food groups with each meal. Variety is the spice of life and will help ensure that your child develops healthy eating habits from early on.  You must also set the example of healthy eating and living, encouraging your child to be physically active too, thus ensuring a happier childhood.  Milk is a source of protein and remains a very important part of our diets throughout our lives. We need to encourage milk drinking especially in children, as it not only provides protein but it is also the best source of calcium. With Nido3+ you will be able to provide skimmed milk to your child. It’s also a source of additional vitamins and minerals, such as Zinc, Iron, Vitamins A, C and D.