Ways to Tackle the Epidemic
Infants and young children:
► Prevent excess weight gain in pregnancy and control diabetes in pregnancy.
► Promote exclusive breast feeding for six to eight months.
► Monitor growth with weight for height and BMI.
► Instruct mothers to accept child’s appetite and not force feed.
Children and Adolescents:
► Promote active lifestyles including at least one hour of vigorous activity per day.
► Limit daily television viewing
► Impart health education skills to make healthy food choices.
► Increase fruit and vegetable intake.
► Celebrations to be encouraged in the form of outdoor play and picnics rather than fast food parties.
► Educate about the evils of alcohol and tobacco to adolescents.
► Training teachers to inculcate values of good lifestyle habits in children.
► Introduction of ideal and healthy school meals.
► Introduction of nutrition and physical education in school curriculum as a compulsory and / or a ‘scoring subject’ with marks to be added to total. This kind of a strategy will make parents and children take due notice and dedicate required amount of time in their academic curriculum.
► Access to the playgrounds after school and on holidays.
► Monitor BMIs, identify the crossing percentiles, and counsel the pre- obese children.