Do you have only one child and do not plan to conceive another? Pay close attention to their diet, because according to recent studies, they could be at risk of obesity during childhood.
The ‘Center for Disease Control and Prevention’, in the United States, indicates that the children of single mothers, as well as the only children, tend to suffer from obesity from the age of seven; a situation that decreases in children who live in families with both parents or who have siblings.
The study ‘Nutrition and Diabetes’ by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, indicates that being an only child increases the risk of being obese by 50%. Unfortunately, Mexico is the second country with more children who are overweight: 1 in 3 children between 5 and 17 years old suffer from it.
Be aware of these risk factors that promote weight gain in your son or daughter:
Watch your diet. Generally, children have a hard time eating nutritious food, however, you should try to eat your child for their good. Excess junk food only contributes to your weight gain, consider it.
Promote physical activity. According to research from the University of Gothenburg, only children do fewer outdoor activities, on the contrary, they are more attracted to video games or television. Try to integrate it into sports teams where you live with more children and at the same time exercise.
Too much consent hurts you. In a family where there is only one child, it is normal to become the center of attention. Take care that the gestures of affection your child receives do not become sweets and desserts that end up affecting his weight.
Anxiety and depression are great enemies. There are only children who live for many hours in the company of adults and this can lead to depression since they can easily absorb the tension of problems of older people. Eating food for anxiety is one of the consequences that your child may suffer.