Consciously or not, along with time, the risk of overweight on your Little One is increased. This is caused by many factors, one of which is, the easier access to fast food and food with bad nutrition, and coupled with the assumption that "a fat kid is adorable" which is massively circulating in our society. Mean while, an obese child is not necessarily healthy.
According to a 2016 study report conducted by UNICEF, WHO and ASEAN, the percentage of obese children in Indonesia is 12 percent. Overweight condition makes the Little One is at high risk to have chronic illness and experience stress.
The categories of weight by using the recommendation from the Indonesian Medical Association (IDAI) are as follow:
The tips for handling the Little One who has excess body weight are to reduce unhealthy foods and increase physical activity. For that, it takes an efficient method and a persistence of the Mommy to change the Little One’s habits of life.
Two things to consider by Mommy if the Little One has an excess weight, namely:
Generally, weight gain comes from the daily food that the Little One consumes. Dig up as much information as possible about setting up good nutrition for the family.
By doing physical activity, the Little One will not only be physically fit but also can be more creative.
Habits cannot change overnight. In order for your Little One to be healthy, variation of many foods to balance the nutrients is needed. Do not stop one type of food drastically. Do it patiently, gradually, and creatively. Mommy needs to focus on instilling the healthy eating habits and improving physical activity. Have a discussion with your pediatrician if you have difficulty in managing your Little One’s body weight.
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