In the last few years, health experts, school administrators and parents have been scrambling for solutions as childhood obesity rates for school-aged kids continue to rise. From Michelle Obama's Let's Move program to Jamie Oliver's school lunch makeovers, the celebrity push is on to improve the health and wellness of kids in school. But a new report shows that the real solution to childhood obesity needs to start even before those school-aged years.
The report, released by the Institute of Medicine, took a close look at what should be done to help prevent obesity in children up to 5 years of age — kids who are at home or in day care, but not yet in school.
Their recommendations? They're actually pretty simple: Increase activity. Decrease sedentary time. And limit kids exposure to things that make them unhealthy.
- Take TV sets and video games out of children's bedroom.
- Teach kids to eat only when they're hungry.
- Don't restrict their playtime as a punishment.
- Encourage breastfeeding.
- Limit sedentary time to no more than 30 minutes at a time.
- Limit exposure to food and beverage marketing
What do you think? Are these recommendations the keys to keeping kids slim?