We all know how important it is to exercise and maintain a healthy balanced diet. It can help to prevent obesity and many related illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and various types of cancer. It’s particularly important for children as their young minds are developing and the food that they eat will affect things like brain health, how well they do at school, etc. It’s also the time where they develop habits for the future. Poor eating habits can be difficult to break and teaching children about nutrition can put them on the right trajectory for a healthy and successful life in the future. But is this right to be talking about with children and how do you approach the topic?
This blog post is in collaboration with an independent school in Surrey and shares tips on how to teach children about nutrition and exercise.
A healthy lifestyle is all about balance and this should be preached to children. It’s okay to eat foods that aren’t so healthy but in moderation. It keeps us sane and prevents you from depriving the body or the energy and nutrients that it needs.
Be Careful with Your Approach
It’s without saying that you should tread lightly with this topic. The words that you use can have an effect on your child’s confidence and self-esteem. When talking about health, try to steer away from superficial language like “chubby” and “skinny”. Instead, reflect on what’s internal and health indicators like BMI.
Set a Good Example
It can seem hypocritical if you’re allowed all the treats that you want while your child is only allowed to eat steamed veg. If you’re trying to get your child to eat healthier, start with your diet and lead the way.
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