In the Netherlands, the number of overweight children is increasing. Marketing machines are fully aimed at young people with the coolest games, ene
In the Netherlands, the number of overweight children is increasing.
Marketing machines are fully aimed at young people with the coolest games, energy drinks and snacks. Parents are busier than busy. Would there be a connection? And what can you do as a parent to turn this tide?
When I was 15 years old, billboards (billboards) were put up in our school. A certain soft drink brand made full use of this. However, after a few weeks, these posters suddenly disappeared. In his New Year’s speech, the vice-principal said that he considered it “not positive” that soft drinks were advertised at school. Good, you might think … Less than a year later the first soft drink machine came into the canteen and we could also opt for pink cakes, syrup waffles, prepared soups and … oh, yes, a floury apple.
Fortunately, in recent years I have seen better initiatives in schools to help children make more conscious choices and to exercise more. That this can be done even better, I leave aside in this blog. Because, nice that school, but children still take their parents as the biggest example. Families are busy and often don’t take the time for healthy meals. And if you still think as a parent that a slice of gingerbread is “a healthy choice” or if Vitamin water is good for resistance, what will your child think?
A good example, also when it comes to moving
A good example does a good job. If you, as a parent, become more immersed in what you eat, take the time to really cook again and discuss your findings with your children, this all contributes to their health and choices. And this is not only the case when it comes to food. Obesity, physical, but also mental complaints or fatigue in children can result from too little physical activity. However, a child who is not active at home and does not get an example in this, will not become active as quickly on its own. As a parent you also have an example function here.
Make exercise fun and not an obligation
If you want to get your kids moving, see what they like. Let them climb, scramble, jump, crawl. Don’t focus too much on having to do a sport. It is much more important that they are active every day with what they like. Especially overweight children often lack coordination or skills to perform well in sports
If your children are a bit older, it can be motivating to take on a challenge together and to train here. I regularly do survival runs and obstacle runs. I always love to see parents participating with their children here. They help each other, have fun and then celebrate the success achieved.
Are you a parent? Try to do what you can to encourage your children to live a healthy lifestyle. This is not always easy, but it is possible in small steps at a time. Do not force unnecessarily, make it fun, involve your children in cooking and let them participate in fun activities to undertake together.
What do you do to involve your children in a conscious and active lifestyle?