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Grandparents: Could they be contributing to child obesity?

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By Al Ferguson

Al Ferguson is the CEO and founder of The Dadsnet.

Published on 12/07/2018

Can you remember going to your grandparents house after school or on a weekend and all they seem to do is feed you biscuits and cake?

Ah, the good old times!

The only time you got away with eating bad food.

As a child, you think it’s the best. But in reality, did it do us more harm than good?

Does it still happen now? Or was it a thing of the past?

Well, it definitely happens today – I saw an article the other day on the BBC News website and it made for an interesting read.

To be honest I don’t think it did me any harm. Yes, my grandparents fed me all sorts of rubbish and when my gran was baking, I always made use of the leftovers in the bowl. But growing up in the 90’s when there wasn’t any real technology you were forced you to be outdoors more anyway.

Climbing trees, playing football, going on ‘Stand By Me’ style adventures – I was always on the move! Which obviously helped to burn off any fats I was eating.
 These days my love of food now has taken it’s toll on my bod. I have an excuse though – I’m a dad and dad bods are cool!

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But I do worry for children today. There are too many distractions in the home – iPads, TV and games consoles. And not much physical activity happening. For the kids that do consume a lot of sweets and cakes, then to just want to sit in gaming or watching TV all night isn’t doing them any good.
 I guess it’s how you control it, just because gran fills your kids with rubbish it doesn’t mean that a child will automatically become overweight. It’s what you do do after.

Try these things for example –

  1. Have rules on screen time.

  2. Go for a walk.

  3. Take the dog out.

  4. Go play football in the park.

  5. 
Introduce healthy meals

Recently I’ve been having issues with my 3 year old. All he wants to do eat sweets despite the fact that I am quite strict with sweet food and previously we have always had sweets under control. It makes me wonder where has he learnt the behaviour from…

We always make homemade meals from scratch at home which he loves, he has always eaten the food I have cooked but over the past few weeks, he wont sit at he table and just screams for sweets. So now we buy pots of mixed fruit as a treat or yogurt with honey on as a treat. The first few days were hard but it has helped.
 Thankfully, we are quite an active family but I can see how problems arise today.

What are your thoughts on this?

 

First posted on www.adventurebrown.co.uk

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