The latest study STEPS published by the Foundation Gasol is one more in a long list of warnings that tell us we're doing something very wrong when a third of children in Spain are overweight or obese, and more than 60% of the minor fails to comply with the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on physical exercise, a fact that is compounded in girls (70%). For the nutritionist of the Spanish Football Federation , Antonio Escribano, the first thing that has to be made clear is that "there are no obese children, but families obese". What does this mean? There is no obesity gene. There may be some predisposition, you can do a bit more uphill, or downhill, but if that path does not go through, there will not be extra pounds. If one is careful, does not develop obesity. Genetics predisposes, but does not determine. Behind obesity is eating wrong as a primary cause, even ahead of the sedentary lifestyle," remarks the expert."Education is not a simple"
"there is a gene or a biological cause that justifies the obesity –corroborates the psychiatrist and doctor of Medicine Javier Quintero–, and yes a lot to do with the family. But it is true that to educate is not simple and doing it well, less ", recognizes. "Most of the times parents are the first that have to "learn how to eat better" and become aware of how is your relationship with food, to be able to transfer a healthy diet to their children", says Natalia Garcia, head of the department of Psychology of PsiKids, who advocates for who are the progenitors the first to improve your way of eating and serve as example : "if we are in a hurry and we eat anything, that is what we learn our children. We try to follow a more conscious eating and to educate our children in their relationship with food".
"how Many times have we tried to "educate" a child, offering him a sweet when you do things well? If you eat this I give you a prize! With that what we are doing is to reinforce their reward circuit, which was already activated when you eat foods that are rich in sugars or fats, so that without wanting to empower the role of “addictive” to certain proposals. Or give them a lollipop when they cry, and so, we teach them how to manage their emotions with food", explains the expert of Psikids. It is also not a good idea, " continues Garcia, prohibit certain foods. "That only enhance the desire, with the risk of eating them secretly or even impulsive manner," he said. Teach to eat well, "insists Beatrice Verdi, nutritionist, COCONUT Eating," is part of the education and, therefore, the responsibility of the parents . In reality it starts from early childhood, with porridge and those purees that incorporate everything. It is curious that at the beginning it tends to do so quite well, but suddenly we went from purees of vegetables and chicken, the food easy, fast, and unhealthy. We can not cheat, if a child is offered an apple or a candy bar, what are you going to choose?", questions.Habits in the family
The families, match all, "d eben be an example to the little ones of the house , they will learn many things, also to have healthy lifestyle habits". At home it all begins, as he remembers Antonio Escribano, "with a good breakfast, preferably with your family. No need to complicate things in excess, a whole-wheat toast with a little olive oil, a piece of fruit and a glass of milk (whole, preferably) with cocoa of good, if you will, is a breakfast that is fantastic, “champion league”. And not worth the complaints that you don't have time in the mornings. How many minutes are needed to make a toast? We could advance the clock 10 minutes, or leave everything ready the night before", he adds.
Another key is to introduce fruit and vegetables daily and do it from that are small. "There are No secrets. Are the basis of power and should occupy the "pole position" in the diet and in the purchase of family", insists the nutritionist of the Federation. "Nor is it justified the response of "is that my son doesn't like" greens. The issue is that the little ones of the house must give them what they need and not always what you want . What if you don't like to go to school?, what's not going? isn't it? The sooner we start, the more simple of the establishment will be in the habit," concludes Verdi.
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