Create a healthier, brighter future for your children

Let’s face the facts: We are allowing our children food privileges that we never had growing up, while affording them more time to lay around playing video games and doing less exercise.

The result of these decisions has caused a sharp increase in childhood obesity.

When it comes to our children and healthy food choices, parents definitely need to take the lead and set a good example by eating healthier and working out.

It is best to begin by educating ourselves about some of the worst culprits when it comes to making our children overweight.

Here are some of the worst food choices for kids: Sugar coated cereals, candy, hot dogs, potato chips, French fries, fatty hamburgers, sugar laden sodas and fried foods.

A regular diet of high fat, high sodium, high sugar and trans-fat-laden foods may destroy your child’s health.

Nearly 12.5 million kids are overweight in the United States, and are at increased risk for becoming obese adults. Poor diet and lack of sufficient exercise are the main culprits of this growing epidemic.

You must be aware of some of the consequences of childhood obesity.

They include potential negative psychological outcomes:

Depressive symptoms, poor body image, low self-concept and risk for eating disorders.

And negative health consequences:

Insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high total and LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, low HDL cholesterol levels in the blood, sleep apnea, early puberty, orthopedic problems such as Blount’s disease and slipped capital femoral epiphysis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (fatty infiltration and inflammation of the liver).

Further, obese children are more likely to be obese as adults. Hence they are at increased risk for a number of diseases including stroke, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and some cancers.

The first step is to workout with your children and encourage strength training, sports and being physically active every day.

The second step is to encourage healthy eating. Replace the French fries with potatoes and the hot dogs with chicken breast. Most importantly, Start the day with a healthy breakfast.

I would like to share this great Ultra Fit Recipe with you, so that you can start your child’s day with a healthy breakfast alternative to the regular sugar laden cereals:

Ultra Fit Pumpkin Waffles

cinnamon, ground (to taste)

nutmeg, ground (to taste)

One 16 oz. Better than EGGS

1/2 cup pumpkin, pureed, no sugar or salt added

1/2 cup Quaker Oat meal ( the one that cooks in a min.)

Butter flavored PAM cooking spray

Sugar Free Syrup

1. Blend oatmeal in blender till it looks like flour. Take it out and put in bowl.

2. Add eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg to blender. Beat together.

3. Add the oatmeal back into blender. Add in the pumpkin .

4. Pour batter into a hot waffle iron lightly misted with nonstick cooking spray and cook until waffles are crisp and browned.

5. Lightly dust some Equal on them and add some sugar free syrup.

Fitness Expert and Fitness Hall of Fame recipient John DeFendis is the Director of Exercise and Fitness at Coop’s Health & Fitness in Anderson and Greenville.

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