Childhood Obesity: Vegans are Not Immune
Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic that continues to increase each year.
Currently, one-third of children will be obese by the age of five. We as parents have the power to prevent this deadly disease.
Childhood obesity is not always due to bad diet, though living a full and balanced vegan life is certainly a way to help reduce at-risk children. By setting our children up from birth with a healthy relationship with food, we give them the tools that are imperative for living their best life.
A vegan diet is not automatically healthy. Many people think that just because an item is labeled as vegan, it is the healthiest option, but that is definitely not the case. Packaged and highly processed foods can contain high amounts of added sugars, salt, and unnecessary additives. It’s easy to fall into the habit of loading up on packaged foods, ready-made dinners, and snacks. Unfortunately, a very common mistake that people make as vegans, and when it comes to children, can result in a deadly disease.
There are simple things you can do with your child that will make a huge difference in their overall livelihood and reduce their risk of childhood obesity:
- When you are out with your child, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- If your location is conducive, walk to do your errands instead of driving.
- Pack their lunches with fresh fruits and cut veggies and single-use hummus packets or raw nut butters instead of a packet of crisps or granola bar.
- After dinner, instead of dessert, make some banana nice-cream or a delicious cacao topped smoothie bowl.
- Take walks every day around your neighborhood, visit with neighbors and have a nice socializing experience.
The little things add up quickly, and you will notice a difference in your child’s health as well as your own, both mentally and physically.
Take the steps to prevent childhood obesity. You will not only be helping your child stay fit and robust, you will be setting them up with the tools necessary for living a full life on their own. Initiate the change, and be the change for your children and generations to come.
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