Parenting fear #4: What should I do about my child’s eating problems?
Picky eating, obesity and severe weight loss are are the biggest health problems that most parents of young kids constantly worry about.
According to the Health Promotion Board (HPB) Singapore, the number of cases childhood obesity in Singapore has been on the rise over the past few decades and currently stands at 11%. In addition, a 2012 survey conducted by the National University of Singapore found that 1 in 2 Singaporean parents classify their kids as picky eater.
The great news is that all hope is not lost, as there are preventive measures that you can take to protect your kids from these health risks.
What you can do
Nutrition during the early years play an important role in the health and well-being of your kids. You can start by taking small steps in healthy eating to combat the risks of your child being overweight or losing weight severely in the years ahead.
Karin G. Reiter, medical nutritionist and founder of Nutritious & Delicious, recommends that parents show a good example to their kids when it comes to healthy eating at home. “Start by getting them involved in grocery shopping and food preparation. Kids are very proud of their accomplishments, so if they’ve helped to make dinner, they are more likely to eat it,” she shared.
Parenting fear #5: What if I don’t live long enough to see my kids grow up?
While we take extra care to ensure that our kids are happy and healthy, our own health and well-being are often pushed aside. As a result of this, we’re likely to only discover about various health and medical conditions when things have progressed to a critical stage.
In some cases, there is little to no hope for recovery. Some of these have even resulted in the sudden death of a parent – leaving the kids and spouse to deal with the loss of someone they love and need most in their lives.
What you can do:
HPB recommends that everyone – regardless of age and health status – go for regular health screenings so that diseases and life-threatening conditions can be detected early.
To educate Singaporeans on the importance of health screening and vaccination, HPB recently launched Screen for Life. Here, you’ll get relevant, bite-sized information on all the health conditions and diseases that you should be screened for, based on your age and gender, for all stages of life.
Apart from providing information on the conditions, the website also provided other useful details such as:
- Places to get these health checks done
- Documents to take along with you
- Preparations required prior to the health checks
- What happens on the day of screening and after that
So, make sure to schedule a health screening appointment with your doctor today – for the sake of your health and your family.
Visit screenforlife.sg for more information about health screenings or call the hotline at 1800 223 1313.
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