As per a study conducted in 2018 by the Childhood Obesity, 8.82 percent of children in India are obese. It’s a matter of concern because in the past two decades, obesity has led to a dramatic increase in the incidence of Type-2 diabetes among children. According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, kid’s routines affect their waistlines and sticking to a schedule during the pre-school years impacts their health all the way to pre-teen years. Research says that teaching kids early in life about how to regulate their physical and emotional health is key to a happy and healthy life in future.
The researchers looked at 11,000 kids from the U.K. Millennium Cohort Study, born between 2001-2002. They found that 41 percent kids at the age of 3 had a regular bedtime, nearly half of them had regular mealtime and 23 percent of them had limited screen time. Sleep is very important for kids in particular as poor sleep is linked with obesity. According to the researchers, having regular bedtime is the most important factor in predicting obesity because most kids that were obese did not have a regular bedtime. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, children aged aged between 3 to 5 should get at least 10-13 hours of sleep. Getting this amount of sleep daily is one of the most important factors for your child’s health and development
3 ways to reduce obesity in kids
1. Maintain a bedtime schedule
Make a bedtime schedule for your little one and help him follow that. If your kid is not in a habit to sleep early, you can readjust the schedule by making him sleep 15 minutes earlier each day until you reach the time you want him to sleep.
2. Maintain a regular mealtime
Just like the bedtime schedule, having a meal schedule is equally important. Make sure your child gets all the required nutrients and does not skip a meal.
3. Limit the screen time
Unlimited screen time is a door not just to one but many health issues including eyesight, obesity and mental health issues. Limit your little one’s screen time for his healthy development.
This article first appeared in the ‘TOI’.
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