It is not uncommon in Indian families to have nani and dadi love their “golu molu” grandchildren. Chubby cheeks and fleshy little legs get oodles of love while those with leaner cheeks and legs miss all the oohs and aahs. As a mother of two and a nutritionist and dietician
Overweight babies weigh more than they should but that is different from obesity where babies have too much fat. It is the excess fat that later in life causes diabetes and cardiac problems. But more importantly, obesity could lead to childhood issues such as being bullied in school, not being able to participate in all activities and having an issue finding the right and desired attire. These then lead to poor selfesteem, sadness and maybe even depression.
To ensure that our children have a happy childhood and a healthful life, as a family we need to bring in change. Starting with a healthy breakfast we as mothers need to ensure that the family’s intake of fresh produce increases. It is recommended to eat fruits and vegetables of 5 colours daily. Think orange, red, yellow, green and white.
Evenings should be outdoorsy. A walk together maybe or a walk for the parents while the children cycle or jungle gym. Swimming over the weekends or cricket or badminton ? We need to leave the television, the tablets and the mobiles to rest while we all get our daily dose of the outdoors.
A third of Indian children in the metros are overweight. Healthy childhood builds healthier families and a prosperous nation. If you want any more details or diet suggestions do not hesitate to contact me