Obesity and Children

A frighteningly large number of children are suffering ill health because of obesity and not always from the kinds of diseases you would expect to see in children. Adult diseases are now appearing in younger and younger people and the problem is getting worse. Children are facing high blood pressure, raised cholesterol levels and type 2 diabetes even those considered only mildly obese.

How do I tell if my Child is Overweight?

A simple way of keeping track of a childs weight is by measuring their waist and height. Everyone adults included should try to keep their [hyperlink for words waist size] cribbing the text from Veg Recipe Club showing how to measure your waist but with picture of child] waist size at less than half their height.

Healthy Kids

Much of the advice in the VVFs V-plan diet guide applies to children as well as adults. In his book, Dr Spocks Baby and Child Care, paediatrician Dr Benjamin Spock reckoned the way to get children to lose weight is to change the type of food they eat rather than the amount. He encouraged shifting the entire family away from oily fried foods, meats and dairy products and toward low-fat, plant-based foods grains, pasta, vegetables, pulses and fruit. When this is done, he said: Weight loss typically occurs without anyone going hungry. The advice is echoed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in their report, Weight Control and Obesity Prevention in Children: Instead of centring meals around fatty meats and cheese, they should be built from healthy grains, legumes (pulses) and vegetables. Its easy to change the entire familys diet. Click here for our delicious, vegetarian/vegan meal planner!

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