They say Obesity is the Mother of all Diseases!
They say Obesity is the Mother of all Diseases! | Credit: Hindustan Times

They say Obesity is the Mother of all Diseases!

Dec 26, 2018

Sometime this year I saw an obese child whose young body looked like that of an adult. And I wondered whether it’s entirely family genetics or healthy habits of us parents that are contributing to the obesity of our children.

There could be several factors that contribute to the health of our children. However, a new study has revealed that lifestyle habits of mothers and even fathers have a great influence on their children’s healthy habits. And these habits can either lessen or worsen the chance of their children’s suffering from obesity and other health problems. 

Why should we be concerned about this study as a parent? Which healthy and positive habits should parents develop? And why should you follow these strict healthy habits?

Reasons to be concerned

Why should both mothers and fathers be concerned about this new study? Because being obese in children is related to a higher chance of suffering from different health conditions like: 

  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Premature death

Interestingly, the health of both the father and mother has an impact on the obesity of the child and its future health. That’s what a 2018 study by the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research shows. 

Maternal overweight and hyperglycemia or high blood sugar brings about health troubles such as:

  • Making girls to have earlier onset of puberty
  • Suffering strokes

What about smoking, drinking too much alcohol and caffeine, diet, obesity and malnutrition in either one or both parents? Again all this could potentially make the child to suffer from:

  • Life- long high risk of heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Immune and neurological diseases

Healthy and positive habits to follow

Which healthy and positive habits should you stick to as a loving parent for the sake of your precious child?

  • Follow a follow healthy lifestyle
  • Avoid smoking
  • Have regular a physical exercise program
  • Watch carefully your alcohol and caffeine intake
  • Eat nutritious and healthy foods

Pass these habits to your kids. Remember: Children are good at observing and imitating what you parents do and not just what you say.

Why follow strict health habits

What can motivate you to follow strict habits that contribute to the health of your children? The following reasons can motivate you to do so:

Love for your children

As a caring mother or father, you certainly love your own children and you want the best for them. This love for your children should be the foremost reason for doing all you can to contribute positively to the health and fitness of your children.

Love will motivate you to watch what you eat and drink and avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine excessively. Love will move you to have a regular physical exercise program programme. Both mother and father will avoid smoking and not just the mother.

Don’t follow this as parents, but involve your children in these healthy habits. Explain the reasons and benefits of such good health habits.

Think about your child’s future

One of the finest things that parents want for their children is a happy future. You want your children to enjoy their life in their adulthood life, don’t you?

Then remember this? Children can only enjoy nice food, a good job or career, and vacations when they have good health. Why don’t you then invest in your children’s health by taking good care of your own health now and pass on fine healthy habits to them. Do this instead of just spending your money on their clothes, TV channels, entertainment and education.

Spend money on whole foods, greens, vegetables and fruits and less money on meat and fatty things. Let your children know why you’re doing this - that you’re thinking about their health in future.

Think about health bills

‘Prevention is better than cure,’ is common adage. Not only is prevention better than cure but it is also cheaper. Curing a disease is expensive.

If you take good care of you health today, you’re perhaps preventing your children from getting sick later in life. And you won’t to spend a lot of money on their health later. Nor will children spend too much money on their health in future.

The pain of your child’s sickness and death

We all get sick from time to time. It’s true that death is inevitable. And the pain of seeing your own child sick or die can be unpleasant. But you might lessen this premature pain by following fine steps to take care of your health now and ensuring that you teach your children healthy and helpful habits.