The report of the Foundation Gasol published this month of September, which claims that a third of Spanish children suffer from obesity or overweight, is "very powerful", it ratifies the nutritionist, Laura I. Arranz, who confirms that to your query arrive daily "children with tummy or accumulations of fat that do not correspond to them by age, and that if you don't take care, they are going to have a problem of older people". The matter is that "the child does not have the fault of suffering from obesity, it is a consequence of their environment", explains the author of "Eat well, play better" (Amat editorial), who offers in his work many useful tips and explains the proper way to plan at home the daily menus for children who make sport to develop and enjoy a good state of health now and as adults.
You when it comes to these cases working in the family context, both with the parents as with the children. What sin Spanish families to feed their children?
it Is very common that offer menus with a lot of protein and not arriving with carbohydrates and fiber. In conclusion, we are not reaching the minimum nutritional requirements, in terms of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants... let us Remember here that, as a general rule, the daily energy must come from protein (lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products...); fats (virgin olive oil, nuts, etc.), and carbohydrates (rice, pasta...).
The ideal ratio would be this:
-carbohydrates: 50-55 %
Where is the barrier, in ignorance, in laziness...?
Many times the barrier is in the lack of habit of the parents themselves, that they think, "this is not going to like it", and do not give to their sons, nor the opportunity to try new foods. I see a problem is the fact that these ideas are taking root in the bosom of a family, but it is our obligation as parents to teach feed the children . It's like learning to read. For much that would cost to a child, we must insist. We are not born with an affinity for all foods.
How do you create that taste for example, by the dreaded vegetable?
I Think what we need to do when we teach to eat the children is to get generate excitement. Perhaps your first dish doesn't have to be only vegetables, but you do have to be on the menu, combined with carbohydrates (such as rice and wheat pasta), and protein. If we give them the opportunity, they just like it. If the vegetable is going to pose in different ways, also need not be a problem.
Share with our readers the key to a good feed...
In general, follow a few eating habits in the family, with home cooked meals, some health habits such as rest and physical activity, abundance of food, vegetables, fruits and whole grains, frequent occurrence throughout the week of seeds, nuts, legumes, and other grains, predominantly during the week of the fish, the eggs and the white meat compared to red meat...
And on the other hand, the family organization, in both the menus and the recipes, like the shopping list weekly or monthly, it is essential. Planning makes things easy, and allows you to eat better by avoiding snacking between meals or take anything to a lack of ideas appropriate for the meals. Also the involvement of the children in the preparation of recipes and the choice of some ingredients can help to create these affinities, we talked about more easily.
It takes care of a lot of food when they are young, but there comes a time where families can relax. Do you see it as well?
there goes the thing. Up to two years, families are very aware of the power of their children, put vegetables, carbohydrates and protein in the pureed foods for their babies... All right until we get to the four years, which coincides with a time when children naturally begin to express themselves, to share experiences of meals with other children of his age... It complicates the scenario, but we must continue to educate.
If we care here, the natural evolution of the child is not going to be learning how to eat healthy. By him alone, it is difficult for this to happen. In addition, emotionally, and biologically, we tend to be in the caloric food. We are always going to attract a lot more, because the body doesn't know if we are in a social context of war. We have historically spent more time in situation of lack of food, in abundance. This, coupled with the sedentary lifestyle, is a ticking bomb.
The problem, he assures you, it increases in adolescence, that we should not neglect the adolescence.
At this stage everything is "desmadra", and you can get to consolidate a problem for the whole life. But we know that in the teen years are a vital time in which it takes more energy and there is more demand for both macronutrients such as micronutrient. At this stage it continues to grow into full gear, it is the moment where it strengthens the skeletal system and the height that it will reach of adults (approximately up to 17 girls and 19 boys). Although his eating habits will come very marked by the upbringing of a child, we cannot let down our guard. At this stage have more autonomy to decide and there are also certain disorders of eating behavior...
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