With obesity on the rise, more and more children are entering school for the first time as overweight kids and have a greater chance of growing up to be an obese adult.
Going through school as a overweight kid is difficult for many reasons. According to the head of the National Obesity Forum in the UK – Dr Haslam – if you start junior kindergarten as a fat kid, your struggle with managing your weight will become harder and harder the older you get.
Now you’re in school for a good portion of the day, you’re in a different environment where tempting vending machines and greasy cafeteria food are abundant and you’re under a lot of peer pressure to fit in. Judging by the statistics, your new buddies’ eating habits are not going to help. In fact, it will only make matters worse.
The landscape looks pretty grim for a fat kid entering school for the first time. These kids are at a greater risk of developing weight-related illnesses like type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and joint and foot problems. They will probably be bullied and shunned for their weight too, so they will also suffer psychological damage.
Dr Haslam believes the solution lies with the midwives and prenatal health practitioners to educate pregnant women of good-eating habits, weight management and the vital importance of breast feeding.
The life of an obese person starts well before birth, when mum gets pregnant. What I am suggesting is that midwifery practices be more lifestyle and obesity focused.
By the age of four, if you haven’t done anything to stop the problem then you have got trouble. This poor kid has done nothing, there is nothing he could have done. He has a future of obesity with no chance of having a fit and lean future
~ Dr Haslam, Chair of the National Obesity Forum in the UK and a member of ESCO – Experts in Severe and Complex Obesity
Midwifery is not something that is widely practiced throughout North America. In some areas, it is frowned upon and paralleled to witchery and magic. Here, then, is a crucial reason for the vital role midwives play for pregnant women – to educate them and show them how to easily, healthily and economically feed a family. Husbands should get involved too and be part of this education.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless and it doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. All it takes is planning, a weekly menu and a scheduled grocery shop. It also takes a whole lot of discipline! But the fact is, junior will grow up with a fighting chance of enjoying a full and healthy life and that’s what’s important here.
Originally published @ FITLODE.COM