Certainly one of the milestones in the mission of 0246 is to offer parents useful guidelines to help children grow healthy in terms of psycho-physical and nutrition. In fact the correct diet of a child is one of the conditions that ensure a healthy life style by reducing the risks of serious illnesses.
A healthy nutritional life style begins from birth (even in the uterus)
You are the example
let us remember that parents are examples of life, even at the table. If the person who makes the rules are the first to disobey them, it is obvious that those who are under him will ignore them also . Eat healthy, eat meals together without the television turned on, involve the children in the grocery shopping and in the preparation of food, this helps educate a correct diet and lifestyle, also thanks to a greater awareness of what we put into our mouths.
Do not confuse food and the time to eat with something else
To teach a child to respect food its helpful that meals should be seen as “special time” to spend with the family, a time of sharing, away from “the television and radio”. During meals is good to talk about pleasant things, leaving subsequent argumentative topics for later, which can interfere with digestion. Research shows that parents who decide how much a child should eat does not help that child to become aware of their food needs. Children who have grown up with obligations to “eat everything or rewarded if they eat or if they do not eat” don’t seem to be able to perceive the level of their own “satiety” and this leads to overweight and obesity.
Obesity on the rise
Often parents and grandparents are much more concerned that a child eats too little rather than a child being robust . Indeed, a plump child is considered healthier than a skinner child. These errors of judgment can lead to poor eating habits, which can cause major health problems in later life. A study conducted by the Ministry of Health in Italian schools has concluded that almost one in four children is overweight, while one in 10 is obese and the trend is rising. Some researchers say that, according to the premises our children are destined to have a life expectancy lower than our own!
If in doubt you should consult your Paediatrician to evaluate the weight increase and size of your child. Your Paediatrician can thus provide personalised advice, to fit the needs of your child, by analyzing its growth and advising on how many meals and what kinds of food your child should consume.
Some basic advice
– teach your child to chew food slowly –
– eat in places and at a time of peace
– propose natural water or fresh fruit juices (orange), or centrifuges of fruits and vegetables to a thirsty child
– vary the foods offered, with preference to fresh foods and fruits and vegetables in season.
– Encourage your child to appreciate the meals provided at school, consulting with teachers to replace certain foods if necessary. It is important that your child eats enough during meals, as to avoid a subsequent desire for unhealthy snacks.
– include a small bottle of water in their school bag.
You can find recommendations for a healthy diet at the following website: