25 November 2011
Medical professionals should follow "three basic principles" to combat childhood obesity, according to one expert in the alternative treatment field.
Ann Finnemore, a hypnotherapist and stress manager, suggested that children should be fed a wide range of healthy and nutritious food from a young age and should not be given treats throughout the day.
She said: "By getting young children used to a range of healthy tastes and textures early on, the risk of them developing faddy eating or craving high sugar, high salt processed food can be minimised."
Ms Finnemore, the owner of Getting You There, added that children should be encouraged to keep active and fit through their childhood in order to set up good lifestyle habits for when they are adults.
Thirdly, it is very important for youngsters to develop a good relationship with food where they enjoy nutritious meals and do not fuss over ingredients.
Furthermore, a study by the British Heart Foundation found that almost nine in ten children do not eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables each day and that 31 per cent of them were more likely to reach for crisps at lunchtime.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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