• Child obesity: Prevention
    Child obesity: Prevention
    Child obesity is one of the greatest challenges that most parents are facing these days.
  • Babies fed rice-based
    Babies fed rice-based
    Most parents give rice to their babies as the first food but researchers have discovered that babies who are fed on rice based foods have significantly high inorganic arsenic concentration in the urine compared to babies who do not eat rice.
  • Reminding Women About Breast cancer
    Reminding Women About Breast cancer
    Numerous studies reveal that women have the biggest risk factor for getting breast cancer. Although men do suffer from breast cancer, the number of those developing this disease is less than one present of all the reported cases.

Child obesity: Prevention

Child obesity is one of the greatest challenges that most parents are facing these days.

Child obesity Prevention (2)

There are kids that are so overweight to the extent that it is even affecting their health.

It is, therefore, wise for parents to ensure that their kids do not get to the point that their weight becomes a problem to them.

There are several things that as a parent one should do to ensure that their kids keep their weight in check:

  • Check what they eat

One of the main contributors to child obesity is junk food and other kinds of food that are rich in fat are known to be the direct causes of obese children.

As a parent, one should ensure that they constantly check what their kids are eating so as to keep their weight in check.

Insist more on vegetables than other fatty foods.

This is one of the surest ways to fight obesity.

  • Exercise

Child obesity Prevention (1)It is always wise to ensure that your kids exercise regularly.

This not only helps metabolize the excess fats in the body, it also helps them keep healthy.

For the best results, ensure that you join their exercises. This will help them remain motivated to exercise more.

Teach them the importance of exercising every now and then so that even when you are not around, they can do it on their own.

  • Constantly check their weight

Before becoming obese, there are some signs that your child will show.

The first and the most obvious sign is that the kid will be overweight. When you notice this, you should take action.

For you to observe a change in your kid’s weight, you will need to constantly monitor it.

Monitoring your kid’s weight will help evaluate how they are progressing. If it is increasing sharply, that is the right time to take action, otherwise, it may be too late.

  • Speak to them

Child obesity Prevention (1)The best way to fight obesity is to ensure that you make your kids aware of the dangers of child obesity.

Making them understand why they need to be careful with what they eat will help them stay alert and constantly monitor their feeding habits.

This is a sure way of fighting child obesity.

The above are some easy steps that one may take to ensure that their kid does not get to the point of becoming obese.

Child obesity is a serious problem and this is the reason why any parent should endeavor to ensure that their kids do not suffer that fate.

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Francis Cody / 08/07/2015 / Health

Babies diet

Babies fed rice-based (2)

Most parents give rice to their babies as the first food but researchers have discovered that babies who are fed on rice based foods have significantly high inorganic arsenic concentration in the urine compared to babies who do not eat rice.

Study reports that the high concentration of arsenic found in babies who ate rice cereals was nearly three times higher than that of babies that did not eat rice as the first food.

The concentration of arsenic in the blood increased with increase in the number of rice servings and other foods that contained rice.

Though the effects of the high concentration of arsenic in the urine of babies that consume rice based foods is still unclear, it is certainly a concerning factor.

Babies fed rice-based (1)It should also be noted that the high arsenic level in babies can also be influenced by other foods that babies eat like water containing arsenic and apple juice among other many variables.

This findings about arsenic in babies contributed by infants’ rice cereals comes weeks after the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S proposed a limit in the level of arsenic in babies’ rice cereals.

This was after it was discovered that most of the babies’ rice cereals from U.S did not meet the proposed action level; 100 parts per billion of organic arsenic.

The inorganic arsenic is the one officials are mostly worried about as it is highly toxic.

Effects of arsenic

Arsenic is a carcinogen and it can lead to heart disease.

Evidence also suggests that exposure to arsenic in early life can affect the babies’ immune system as well as their intellectual development

Another immediate effects of arsenic is abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting which is followed by muscle cramping which can lead to the death of the baby.

Long term exposure to inorganic arsenic is observed on the skin which can include the changes of pigmentation hard patches on the bay palm and skin lesions.

This occurs after exposure for like 5 years and they are precursor to developing skin cancer.

Besides skin cancer, long term exposure to inorganic arsenic can lead to lung and bladder cancer.

Advice to parentsBabies fed rice-based (3)

Rice does not have to be the first grain source to the baby, you can with other sources like barley, wheat and oats.

To give the bay a well balanced diet, include variety of grains in the diet to decrease exposure to arsenic from rice.

Other foods that are acceptable as a first food are vegetable purees and chopped meat.

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Francis Cody / 07/08/2015 / Healthy