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                                    Nutrition Scene
BY BRIAN NES
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  13%. Since then, the obesity rate has nearly doubled. Scientists and doctors have many different theories on this increase – lack of exercise compared to 30 years ago, more sugary drink in- take, more fast food intake, etc. In my opinion, it’s a combination of all of those things – you really can’t point to one. In 2012, I had seven patients under the age of 18. In 2021, I had 30. So let me give all of you advice on how to raise a healthy, fit child in today’s unhealthy society.
Fourth, get your kids out of your house! Okay, I better be more specific. When I was a kid, I was outside the second breakfast was eaten. Most days I would come back inside for lunch, but sometimes I’d forget and stay out until I heard my mom yelling for me. Children need to be active, not just for their metabolism, but for their brain. Children who spend less than five hours a week exercising are nearly five times more likely to have health and weight issues in their adulthood than children that have over five hours
a week.
Parenting is hard, time consuming, and sometimes can feel like a little too much. But, there’s no more important job in the world. If you want your kids growing up happy and healthy, it’s
up to you while they are in your care. You’re in control of everything they eat and drink as kids, after all they don’t grocery shop. Put in the work, priori- tize their health, and one day, they will thank you.
First, without question, don’t let your children drink their calories. Most people think I’m talking about soda pop – which an eight ounce glass has 150 calories. But I’m not just limiting it to soda. Did you know that the same size glass of milk (we’ll go with 2%) is only 20 calories less? And if you drink whole milk, you’re looking at almost the same exact amount of calories. And, yes, I hear all the time that milk is healthier for you, pop is all sugar. Well, the soda had 39g of sugar (which is more than twice the daily allowance of total addi- tive sugars for a 15 year old child), but did you know that 2% milk has almost 15 grams of sugar? And don’t get me started on chocolate milk – your child is far better of with a Pepsi.
Lastly, and absolutely most impor- tantly, model the eating habits you
Childhood obesity rates have increased almost every year since 1970. That year the child- hood obesity rate was just under
have busy schedules and limited time
to prepare our food. But to be honest, that’s no excuse. Make time. Even if you grab things like rotisserie chicken, or precooked chicken breasts, you have the ability to feed your kids fast without a ton of prep time.
want your children to have. There is absolutely no bigger influence on your children’s personality, habits, and growth, than you. If they see Mom or Dad drinking pop all day long, they will take that opportunity the second they can. If they see Mom and Dad eat fast food daily they are far more likely to want that to be a part of their life. Teach your kids that healthy food can be delicious and filling. And talk to them about the importance of eating healthy and feeling good.
Childhood Obesity
 Second, sugary treats should happen on rare occasions, not lunch boxes. I have a great mom. But, every lunch during elementary school included a Little Debbie snack cake. 20 years later, I was a 350 pound man who ate a box of Little Debbies a day. And, yes, I re- alize that many (maybe even most) kids won’t end up like I did – but studies show the risk of obesity in children that eat over 20 grams of sugar a day during childhood increases 400%.
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