Unfortunately, when a person who is a member of a family is overweight, it doesn’t just affect that person. More often than not, it also affects his or her family. This could come in the form of the overweight person not being able to be as involved with his children as he likes or in the form of an overweight person struggling with health concerns and putting the whole family through stress and worry. Sadly, a lot of times, it is also true that children learn their eating habits from their parents and become overweight. There are many factors involved in childhood obesity, and having overweight or obese parents is one of them. Fortunately, though, there are things that can be done to get healthier as a family.
Family-Healthy Tip #1: Have Dinner Together
Studies have shown, time and time again, that when families eat dinner together each night, everyone in the family benefits. Not only is this a wonderful way for you to connect with your family and children on a more personal level, but it also helps you to control what and how much your children and each member of your family eats. By serving up healthy meals in healthy portion sizes, everyone will benefit big time!
Family-Healthy Tip #2: Get Active
Another major cause of childhood obesity and obesity in general is a lack of exercise. Keep in mind that exercise doesn’t have to be boring, and you don’t even have to advertise that it’s exercise! By planning fun activities for the family to do together, you can make sure everyone burns some calories and stays active. Try going for a family walk one evening after dinner, taking a bike ride together, or even hitting up the community pool. Anything you do that is active and fun will lead to benefits for you and your family.
Family-Healthy Tip #3: Turn Off the Television!
Too much TV time is bad for your family in a wide variety of ways. First of all, sitting in front of the television set is certainly not active. It’s especially bad if, as so many families do, you snack while doing it. Furthermore, the television offers up tons of ads that encourage people, young children especially, to indulge in unhealthy food. Turn off the TV and get out and do something to see big improvements!
Family-Healthy Tip #4: Buy Natural
Finally, whenever possible, avoid throwing unhealthy, processed foods into your shopping cart or allowing your children to do so. Make shopping a family trip, one in which you can educate your children on the foods, like fruits and vegetables, that are the healthiest. Clip coupons if you have to- yes, healthy food can be expensive, but that’s no excuse. In the end, any sacrifices you make in order to eat healthier and to be healthier in general will benefit you and your entire family, from the youngest member to the oldest, for a lifetime.