Are We Doing The Best For Our Children?
Being a parent today can be a big challenge. We are charged with bringing these amazing little children into the world and looking after them until they are old enough to look after themselves.
We look out for them in many different ways, make sure they are fed and clothed, keep them warm and safe and do our best to allow them to have the happiest childhood possible.
In the process, we help them grow as a person.
However, now more than ever, new challenges are appearing that can interfere with the natural progression of our children from infancy to adulthood.
The Benefits of a New World
The amazing world we live in today has so many wonderful innovations that have made life so much easier for us and exciting for our children.
The phones in our pockets keep us in instant communication with each other. We can see the news from all around the world beamed into our sitting rooms on our flat screened TV’s.
We can eat an exciting culinary mix from ethnic restaurants and take-aways within easy distance from where we live, surf the net for information we never could get access to before and fly abroad on sun holidays and explore new cultures.
Are These Benefits Really Helping Our Children?
Yet despite all of this, how are we doing as people? We are probably more out of shape now than at any other time in human existence.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is so concerned by this that they have coined a new term ‘Globesity’ for the epidemic of obesity swamping our world.
According to their figures from 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight, with over 650 million of these obese.
With about seven billion people in the world, this is roughly one in every four people on the planet overweight.
In a recent Eurostat 2019 report, Ireland was found to be behind Malta as the second most obese country in the EU. In the report, 56% of all Irish adults were found to be overweight.
One of the big problems is that it is not just the adults that are overweight, our children are also following suit.
The Expert View
The World Health Organization state:
‘The fundamental causes behind the rising levels of childhood obesity are a shift in diet towards increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat and sugars but low in vitamins, minerals and other healthy micronutrients and a trend towards decreased levels of physical activity’.
Approximately one in every five children in Ireland is either overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese in childhood can also lead to serious health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.
Not to mention it can often be difficult for overweight children to shed their weight and end up battling this weight for the rest of their lives.
This can lead to psychological problems and a negative self-image.
Would you want your child to be stuck in this vicious cycle?
What Can We Do to Reverse This Trend?
A big help here is to adopt a healthier lifestyle for both ourselves and our children. This would include:
- Eat food in as near to its natural state as possible. Fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains, nuts, seeds etc.
- Make sure to eat protein at every meal.
- Avoid junk food: cakes, biscuits, sweets, ice-cream, chocolate and sugar.
- Go easy on the fast food, take-aways, etc.
- Do a minimum of 20 minutes exercise a day.
- Cut down on screen-time (mobile phones, tablets, laptops, TV’s etc).
- Avoid sugary drinks.
- Include healthy substitutes in your diet.
All these steps will help turn the tide of adult and childhood overweight problems.
The Importance of Protein
Protein is especially important in this as it helps make up the solid tissue in our body. That is why it is a good idea to make sure you are taking in protein at every meal.
A big advantage of protein is that it is by far the most filling of the three food groups (protein, fats and carbohydrates).
It can also help curb your appetite because of the way it helps reduce Ghrelin levels (the hormone that helps you feel hungry).
It also helps boost the levels of the hormone that helps you feel full (Peptide YY).
You can get your protein mainly from meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, quinoa, etc.
Unfortunately for many parents, their children may be fussy eaters and not very interested in eating enough of these foods on a regular basis.
This can create a bit of struggle making make sure they are getting in all that they need in their diet.
A great way around this is to give your child a protein supplement that tastes great, yet supplies exactly what they need protein-wise.
This is where a delicious children’s protein from Tony Quinn’s Educohealth Proform Chocolate for Children really comes into its own.
It is especially for children and is absolutely delicious to taste.
It is also a great source of bone-friendly calcium and its tasty chocolate flavour makes it a big hit with children.
Being high in protein and calcium and containing added Vitamin D* makes it especially useful for normal growth and development of bone in children.
More good news is that it is low in fat and suitable for vegetarians.
It is quick to prepare and an ideal breakfast treat or lunchtime snack.
It can be made into milkshakes, desserts, or when added with gelatine can be a great filling for a healthy cheesecake.
It’s hard to believe that something that tastes this great can be so good for you!
Your children will be thrilled with you for introducing them to this delicious treat.
You will be helping stack the odds on their side for them to have their most productive happy childhood.
The look of pleasure on their face when they take their first few sips of the Proform drink will make it all so worthwhile.