Cultivate these habits to manage weight from a young age

Wednesday 04th May 2022 08:42 EDT

Childhood obesity is a major concern these days, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) citing that obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. The United Nations agency noted that the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents aged five to 19 has seen a dramatic rise from just four per cent in 1975 to over 18 per cent in 2016.

Childhood obesity can lead to several health problems in adulthood from diabetes, and high blood pressure to high cholesterol. It also affects a child’s mental health. Celebrity Fitness Expert Yasmin Karachiwala feels it is important for parents to provide their children with a balanced lifestyle.

Karachiwala shares her holistic tips on how to keep a check on your weight right from a young age.

Inculcate Healthy Snacking: Make sure you train yourself to reach for snacks that keep you satiated for longer intervals. A study published by researchers at the University of Leeds found that snacking on almonds mid-morning as compared to crackers of equivalent energy or water of equivalent weight, resulted in a lower overall hunger drive and suppressed unconscious desire to consume high-fat foods.

Workout for at least 30 minutes every day: It is important, especially for kids, to play any sport or keep your body active for 45-60 minutes every day. Young adults can either hit the gym or perform simple home workouts. Even a simple stroll would suffice. The idea is to walk at least 10,000 steps daily.

Avoid packaged foods: Packaged foods are most likely to contain a large percentage of preservatives which means more calories. While such foods are often delicious, they are not the best option health-wise. An ideal meal is a mix of all colours of foods which will lead to your holistic growth and gives your body sufficient energy to keep you healthy and active.

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