Why Parents Should Care About Childhood Obesity

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While few people worry about their infants becoming obese, getting an early jump on your baby’s nutrition is one of the best ways to prevent childhood obesity and the preventable diseases that our children can take into adulthood. Since the 1970s, the number of obese children in the U.S. has more than tripled, and our own kids are still suffering from diseases that were typically seen only in adults, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. However, at Strong4Life, we feel optimistic that today’s parents have more resources and knowledge (that their own parents didn’t have) to raise healthier kids. And we’re here to help you sort it all out.

What is food parenting, and how did we get here?

A great deal of our parenting revolves around food. From worrying if baby is getting enough breastmilk or formula to trying to get a picky toddler to eat, food is at the center of our natural parenting instincts. That is why we call it “food parenting.” It describes the way you, as a parent, teach your child to develop a lifelong relationship with food. It’s the tactics you use to influence what, when, how and how much your child eats (or doesn’t eat).

Take a look at how we “food parent” our own children. Whether it’s becoming a short-order cook and making separate meals for picky eaters or rewarding good behavior with sweet treats, we most likely learned these habits from our own family. But that doesn’t mean we can’t change. With patience, determination and some Strong4Life ideas for good food parenting, you can help your child grow up with a healthy relationship with food.

Simple ways to get started

It’s never too late to start good food parenting—our website is filled with expert advice from doctors, nutritionists and wellness experts who are parents too. We’ve felt your pain. That’s why we take a realistic approach to food parenting for kids from birth to school age. If it didn’t work for us, we aren’t going to recommend it for you.

Use our free resources to help you get past the daily parenting struggles and to get your children on a healthy track. With our help, you can say goodbye to mealtime battles, the Clean Plate Club and so much more! Start here to find age-appropriate tips for your child.