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Preventing Childhood Obesity and Aging Starting At Age 0

Yes  you are reading that correctly, preventing obesity as well as anti-aging starts when children are infants. They do not even have to be a year old to start developing a love of movement and activity. Creating good and healthy habits start when they are young the sooner the better. There used to be a time when babies where thought to be nothing but a bundle of joy. Actually they still are a bundle of joy but very capable bundles of joy. There is amazing potential just lying there waiting to be developed and you are just the one to develop it.

I was listening to a lecture in which the presenter told us that the habits that children develop when they are young are likely to stay with them forever. The thing about habits is once they are formed they are automatic, you don’t even have to think about doing them. So why not start introducing movement and music to your baby. Babies love to listen to singing and being rocked. Singing is a very effective method of calming fussy babies or times when they need soothing.

Singing and playing games like “Patty Cake” ” Row ,Row , Row , Your Boat: and other games that you primarily just sing to your baby can involve movement also. In addition to the normal places where you would have movement like in the Patty Cake movements you can do the same Patty Cake movements with more than just your hands. You can patty cake different body parts so that the children learn about the different parts of their body. They can patty cake their toes, head, shoulders, stomach and other body parts.

Also don’t feel that you have to sing the song the way you learned it when you where little. You can make up your own version and add your own words to it. Like:

Patty Cake , Patty Cake, Bake A Man, Put Him In The Oven As Fast As You Can.

My Toes Go Up, My Toes Go Down and My Legs Go Round and Round.

On the part where you say Put Him In The Oven…… you can gently pull your baby arms closer to you if you are in front of them or if they are in your lap with their back to you, you can still move their arms forward in front of them.

On the part where you say My Toes Go Up , move their toes up and down.

Lastly when you say My Legs Go Round and Round, you can move them as if the baby is riding a bicycle.

It just that simple it doesn’t have to be complicated or a really long song. Children love repetition, they will want to hear it and do it over and over again and get such a big kick out of it, literally.

Try making up your own nursery rhyme by changing the words or adding some of your own. You will be helping your child to enjoy moving and getting to know their bodies. You will be on the way to creating a healthy life long habit. If encouraged through out their life, they will want to be involved in some form of movement that they enjoy even into old age. This in turn will help them to maintain mobility and lubricated joints, healthy bones and a body that will be capable of moving all of their life. This will also slow down the aging process in their bodies. They will also be creating valuable brain architecture that will serve them well later, as movement develops the brain.

Try it and let me know how you made out. It is a wonderful opportunity to bond with you child and help them stay healthy. Feel free to comment in the comment section with your experiences. If you would also like a free report on healthy eating for your child download your free report at http://www.healthykidsweightloss.com.

2 Responses to “Preventing Childhood Obesity and Aging Starting At Age 0”

  1. Your idea about preventing childhood obesity is interesting. I think if we ALL ate like 2 years old, no one would become obese. You know how impossible it is to make a baby eat MORE than they want. They refuse, and no amount of pleading and playing can get any more into them. That’s how adults SHOULD eat.
    You eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re full. Unfortunately, emotional eating is what gets adults off track- and starts putting on pounds.
    As parents, we can stop using sweet food as rewards: “If you’re good, we’ll stop at MacDonalds….” Once we disconnect the emotional from the food, children will grow up to have a different and healthier relationship with food!

    • D'TaRelle F. Tullis says:

      Lianda thank you so much for your feedback. I love it so much that I am going to write a post about it. Thank you so much for the inspiration. We definitely see eye to eye on a lot of things. Thank you so much for stopping by and do come again and post your comments.

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