Overweight children are becoming rampant here in the western part of the world. If we do not watch for our children’s diet they will end up obese or so have health problems then ending up with another problem or complications. In other words, it is harder to manage when they gain more weight.
“Prevention is better than cure” a slogan in one of the countries I have been.
As our children grow, parents need to watch and pay more attention to what, when and how children are consuming food. The choice of food, the amount and of course the quality of food eaten by the child.
Most of us are aware that one factor is eating junk foods, this plays a big role in gaining weight. Let me asked you, what’s in your pantry? Foods and other supplies for the whole week. Do you think chips, sodas or juices are a part of the supply to stock? These are just some questions to ask ourselves. To help children who are overweight in our household, our goal is to discourage them not to start eating junk foods but to have a healthy start in life. And it starts with a healthy diet, good habits and does physical exercise.
Choosing gift ideas for overweight children is quite an odd selection of topic. For me, this is the way how I want to inform other parents and make them aware that they are not alone. I wish to emphasize the relevance of keeping an eye to what’s going into your child’s mouth. Their snacks and lunches at school. Having to eat their greens, fruits and hydrating themselves with water but not soda. Children grow and learn new things every day.
I have a son, he is a regular built just last year, I have not been paying attention to what I put in my pantry and there he goes, he just takes and eats it. After 6 months or so, I noticed that he had become plump. After one year, we visited the doctor’s clinic for an annual check. The doctor confirmed that he was overweight and needed to shake off some of that belly fat.
I am shaken and worried. How did I not even tried to stop the bad habit of eating junk foods? He is only 10 years old, I thought to myself that if this continues, he will have health problems and of course a lot of scary thoughts going on in my mind. My son and I have a heart-to-heart talk, and with the whole family to help him. He promised to give up chips, fewer sweets. He is working on eating fewer carbohydrates like bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta.
Gifts for overweight children really requires a good selection. Consider his activities (home and school) whether a passive or an active activity. We do not want gifts that encourage weight gain like; video games or something that is stationary in nature (sitting).
Children have no control of it, so it is left to the adults to remind, educate and give them the appropriate healthy and nutritious foods. Also, reminders to help with the tasks to do household chores, exercise, and walking or doing things that require moving of their body but not stationary.
Let’s start with the Best Gift Ideas:
Gift Idea # 7
Toys or gadgets that are physically interactive or requires moving EI Remote control toy cars, airplane toy remote controlled. Kites, this needs a running movement to make it fly. The child lets him/her run against the wind to fly the kite. That is certainly fun!
The child runs without even knowing but having fun playing the kite. Burning calories unknowingly while doing exercise.:)
Hula hoops! Boys and girls can use these. Body twisting or movement is required to play these toy. I love it.
This hula hoop is not only for children but for adults as well. It is a challenge to use for first timers but you will learn it eventually. It is physically exciting and exhausting to play with but full of fun. Your body twists and keeps rolling that hips, the hips is where is supposed to keep the hula hoop going and going around your body 🙂
The whole family will definitely enjoy playing hula hoop, consider this, as a time well spent with your family.
Gifting these type of toys will also encourage them to enjoy outdoor activities but not only watching or playing video games.
Gift Idea # 6
Bicycles. This is one of the best gift ideas for children who are overweight. Parents are the models of their children. Biking around the neighborhood is a good way to bond with them.
Passing and stopping by the children’s park is one way to use his or her muscle to the monkey bars or the play structure. Your companionship, being with them and seeing them do things that they want to show you, uplifts your child’s confidence and proud of it.
As a parent myself, l support and guide them (sometimes with a fight:(), whew! sometimes it is called tough love!
Riding your bike is an outdoor activity, a helmet is a must-wear for the child’s safety. In some parts of Canada, it is a by-law to wear helmets when riding your bike, roller skates, skiing etc.
Gift Idea # 5
Skating Shoes, Roller skates, Skating boards. These sports wares are either indoors or outdoors. These are also exciting and enjoyable fun sports.
At school, students are encouraged to join any sports they are interested in. And at winter time, children go out during recess time, to take a walk or breathe fresh air.
To lose weight and not being overweight affects their mood, behavior and most especially their self-esteem. To reach and maintain the age weight or appropriate weight for them boosts the child’s confidence and self-esteem improves.
Gift Idea # 4
Shoes with roller wheels called Heelys Shoes
These pair of shoes are popular with those boys and girls who are growing up, it is pretty and cute to look at to be worn by his/her growing feet. It looks comfortable and so simple to walk on with the wheels at the heel part of the shoes.
By having these heelys shoes this encourages the child who is overweight to do some activity outside and not only staying inside playing video games and to watch movies or do passive activities. He may not lose the weight but that will encourage him and strengthens his muscles.
Well, let’s just think of the purpose why we are gifting this kind of gift. You have a double purpose, it is for him to enjoy and have fun while losing weight. So, it is a win-win situation! 🙂
Gift Idea # 3
Enroll him or her in sports or lessons of interest like; Taekwondo, Soccer, Basketball, Gymnastics, and others
Like, Taekwondo, this takes probably 45 minutes -1hour training and 2 to 3 times a week. This is one best gift idea for children to lose weight while enjoying their sports of interest. It is also one best way of utilizing their energy.
Through sports, it promotes positive traits in children. Integrity, loyalty, good behavior, compassion, teamwork/team building, sportsmanship and strong spirit! In sports, the child could also develop and set and/or start their own goals wetware in life or career.
Gift Idea # 2
Wii videos have been around for a while and I believe you own one or you are planning to get one. Wii has a lot of features as well. Playing this game also requires you as a participant to move or act constantly to be in the game.
This is a physical interactive game which your child plays while having fun. The whole family can pitch in and will certainly have the fun way to the moon!
I included Fit Bit Android Watch because this also allows the child to monitor vital signs and other features like heart rate, pulse, calories count, pedometer and so on. It is one way for the child to be taught the responsibility of taking good care of his health.
Gift Idea # 1
The camera is my number 1 gift idea as this opens up a lot of interesting behavior and characteristics of a child. What I mean is, you may see how your child sees, interacts, interpret or feels towards things and other people.
Owning their own camera gives them a sense of purpose, passion, and self-discipline. Also, when taking photos, the child won’t just be sitting but will move constantly. Taking photos is a good way for the child to walk, explore and be alert at all times to be able to photograph good images or to take your picture!
This is one of the best gift ideas I have compiled for my readers to enjoy and just have some ideas.
In closing, our children’s safety and their health are always our priority. Let’s be sensitive to their needs and pay close attention to what is not good that sways their attention. And, guide them to decide and come up with a better choice.
I do also have a suggestion, look for a book about weight loss for children that may also give us, parents, on how to follow up with children’s progress in a healthier way.
Wise decision or choice leads to lasting positive attitude and good health.
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*Disclaimer: This post is only the thoughts of the author and her alone. It does not intend any harm. Thank you.