Today we bring you a post from from Chiropractic Studies about childhood obesity and lower back pain. It clearly shows the correlation between the two and gives one pause when considering their child’s diet. Childhood obesity is a serious issue affecting our country, and needs to be halted. It is likely that back pain is the least of their future health concerns.
Over one third of our country is overweight, and it is starting to affect our children as well. Children are especially susceptible to learning unhealthy behaviors when it comes to food and exercise. It can be difficult to get your child to get off the couch and go out to play, when instant forms of gratification are all around.
And dietary choices are also suffering, thanks to the prevalence of fast food, sugar cereal, and candy. Everywhere your child goes, he is enticed by advertisements, coercing him to eat junk food. And since children are not yet aware of the terrible toll these foods have on the body, it is up to the parents to ensure their children make healthy eating choices.
Encourage your child to eat from a selection of healthy foods. Suggest water to drink over super sweetened soft drinks. Keep a variety of fruits and vegetables around for snacks rather than candy or chips or something equally unhealthy. And most importantly, encourage your child to be active. Limit TV, computer and video games to a negligible amount of time each day.
It is only with the full support of parents that we can eliminate chilhood obesity in America.
This article was brought to you by Dr. Craig McGiffin and his Outer Banks chiropractic care center.