Weigh-Less shares the following tips for healthier family:
Share meals together as a family
Experts maintain that families should aim to share meals together as often as possible. A recent study, published in Pediatrics, found that families who shared three or more meals together per week had a 12 percent reduced risk of being overweight, and were 20 percent less likely to eat unhealthy foods.
In addition, they were 35 percent less likely to have disordered eating patterns, and were 24 percent more inclined to eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, research shows that if a child happens to be a ‘picky eater’, they are more likely to acquire a taste for the healthy foods on their plate after watching their parents and older siblings enjoy such foods.
Get plenty of sleep
It may be tempting to reclaim the 25th hour in an attempt to work in the remaining items on your ‘to-do’ list. However, obsessively striving to be on top of your workload could be at the expense of your family’s health. Research shows that sleep-deprivation causes daytime fatigue, and increases hunger hormones, resulting in extra energy consumption in the form of midnight snacking.
A recent study, published in Pediatrics, discovered that preschoolers who received the recommended amount of sleep (approximately seven to nine hours), watched less than two hours of TV per day, had family dinners regularly, and were 40 percent less likely to become obese.
Ditch TV time, and get moving
Healthy families are active together, and keep screen-time at a moderate level. In addition to participating in sport, they get outside and go for walks, make regular outings to the park, and keep TVs out of the bedrooms.
Research published in Preventing Chronic Disease found that children and adolescents who had a TV in their room not only watched more television, but also purchased more soda and snack foods at school, and were less likely to be active with their family. Replace TV time with outdoor time, and engage in activities that the whole family can enjoy, such as volley-ball, tennis, ice-skating or hiking.
Be mindful of what you eat as a family
It can sometimes be easy to lose track of what you eat as a family, particularly when taking random snacks and impromptu trips to the nearest fast food joint into consideration. However, it is important to monitor what you eat as a