Healthy Eating Habits For Children
Preventing child obesity through healthy habits
Canada is facing epidemic of overweight and obesity. Childhood obesity has been rising steadily in Canada in recent years as evidenced by increment from 15 to 26 percent of prevalence of overweight and obesity among children age 2-17 years in between 1978/79 and 2004 (childhood obesity foundation, 2015). In Canada, one in three children are overweight or obese (PHAC, 2011). Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term negative health outcomes including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, gall bladder disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer etc. It is recognized that obesity is complex problem that requires action from multiple sectors. The management of childhood obesity includes behavioral, pharmacological and surgical approaches. However, for the purpose of this fact sheet, I am focusing on management through behavioral changes or healthy habits (CMAJ, 2015).
What can we as a nurse do?
• Model and teach children about healthy foods, eating habits and staying active;
• Send the same healthy message at home, in school, day care, recreation centers;
• Get involved in organizations that help create and support healthy communities. (RNAO, 2012)
Healthy eating habits for children
Canada’s food guide will provide the healthy food choice to meet the nutrient and energy needs. Family or parents can actively participate in setting a good example for the children to be a role model for healthy eating. Eat meals…