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					Did You
Over I,000,000
of our Children
  are obese!
By 2050 90% of
our children will
 be overweight!
So if we want our children to
   live longer we need to:

    Change 4 Life
        It has been proved that:

 Just 11.5% of parents recognise their children
  are overweight.
 Only 38% of adults know that obesity leads to
  heart disease and only 6% know about the link
  to cancer.
 Many families use snacks as rewards, as fillers
  during times of boredom and to appease
 Parents of older children are more worried
  about not feeding them enough and the risk of
  eating disorders such as anorexia.
 Parents underestimate just how much unhealthy
  food they buy!
 Lack of knowledge is the main barrier which
  stops people cooking from scratch.
 Change 4 Life is a lifestyle change
 that involves organisations, schools
and charities, aimed to help families
eat well, move more and live longer.

Modern life means that 9 out of 10
 kids could grow up with dangerous
  amounts of fat in their bodies.
Very few children are overweight because of an
         underlying medical problem.

    Obesity is caused by 2 simple factors:

1. An unhealthy diet of too much sugar and
2. Not doing enough exercise to burn off the
 calories consumed.
Being overweight as a child can cause
psychological distress. Teasing about their
appearance affects a child’s confidence and
self-esteem. This can lead to isolation and

It is easy for children to become overweight.
High-calorie foods are relatively cheap, and
heavily promoted for children.
 Exercise is no longer part of everyone’s day –
some children never walk or cycle to school, or
 play any form of sport. Many children spend
hours in front of computer / television screens.

     In most cases experts recommend that
overweight children should not be encouraged to
  loose weight. Instead, try to maintain their
        weight so that they “grow into it”
               as they get taller.
        So what can we do?

     Changes to Eating Habits

 Eat a healthy well-balanced diet –
 Provide snacks & Meals at regular times.
 Don’t allow your children to eat while
  watching TV or doing homework.
 Avoid fizzy drinks that are high in sugar.
 Don’t keep lots of crisps, sweets, snack
  food in the house.
 Don’t make outings for fast foods as part
  of the weekly routine.
 Make mealtimes an occasion, by eating as a
  family as often as possible.
 Teach children to chew food more slowly
  and savour the food. Teach them flavours.
 Revamp the packed lunches – use fruit and
  wholemeal bread. Cut out the crisps.
           Physical Activity

 Encourage walking to places such as school
  and the shops, rather than jumping in the
 Suggest going to the park for a kick
  around with a football, or a game of
  cricket etc.
 Visit a local leisure centre in investigate
  sports and team activities.
 Involve the whole family – bike rides,
 Make exercise the treat such as a trip to
  the skating rink.
 Reduce physical inactivity by limiting
  inactive pastimes. No more than 2hrs a
  day with a maximum of 14 hours a week.
  is the recommended amount.
 Increase physical activity – at least 60
  minutes a day.
         Emotional Factors

 Don’t use food to comfort your child –
  give attention, hugs and listen.
 Avoid using food as a reward. For
  example instead of a having a fast-food
  meal to celebrate a good school report,
  buy a small gift, go to the cinema or
  have a friend stay overnight.
   If you are worried about your child or
 feel they may be overweight, please talk
to your GP. Ask for help from a dietician.
Make long-term changes to healthy eating
    for all the family, and get your child
               involved in sport.
   Research shows that children are more
likely to be obese if their parents are. By
    following the above points you will be
           helping the whole family.

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