Proper consumption of citrus fruits can play a significant role in preventing obesity.
Citrus fruits are loved by kids for their refreshing and tangy sweetness, and they provide various health benefits. As a parent, you can encourage your kids to enjoy them even more, knowing how they may prevent obesity.
Certain citrus fruits, like lemons and oranges,can help keep obesity at bay. Because they are rich in flavonoids (the largest group of plant chemicals), citrus fruits help prevent fat from accumulating in the body.
What Studies Reveal about Citrus Fruits’ Role in Preventing Obesity?
According to research presented at ACS,the world’s largest scientific society, citrus fruits can help prevent obesity-related diseases of the heart and liver.
At that stage, citrus fruits are helpful as their flavanones protect healthy cells from being damaged while minimizing the risk of oxidative stress. They ease pressure on an already overworked immune system.
The research report was presented at ACS by a team of researchers from University Estadual Paulista in Brazil, who reported their findings from experiment on 50 mice. They kept the mice on flavanones from lemons, limes, and oranges for nearly one month. The mice on the flavanones diet showed less fat accumulation and less damage to the liver.Under these conditions, the body doesn’t acquire fat, keeping the subject in good shape. This means that citrus fruits are helpful even for those who are not obese but whose daily diet is highly caloric.
The researchers are hopeful that they “can use citrus flavanones, a class of antioxidants, to prevent or delay chronic diseases caused by obesity in humans” in the future.
Your Kids’ Diet Deserves Oranges and Lemons:
We need such studies to discover more anti-obesity foods because the USA is plagued with childhood obesity like never before. Obese children are prone to various health risks, including heart diseases, liver diseases, and diabetes. Therefore, it makes sense to add anti-obesity foods like oranges and lemons to your diet.
However,the form in which you consume these citrus fruits does matter. Consuming them in juice and pill form is beneficial, but consuming the whole fruit provides the maximum benefit.
Can you see your kids battling the risks of obesity throughout childhood and later on? Certainly not! But the sad reality is that one in three American kids are overweight or obese. Being a responsible parent, you don’t want your kid to be that “one.”
Therefore, in addition to serving them healthy food, encourage them to do daily exercise. Yes, exercise which can be any physical activity, including running, skipping, jumping, cycling or simple walking.
Add exercise to their daily routine and help them grow into healthy adults with strong bones, muscles and flexibility while keeping the threat of obesity at bay. So, don’t delay! Start motivating your kids to exercise daily or take part in sporting activities at their school.
For your convenience, have a look at the infographic given here to learn the benefits of exercises for your kids along with the various types they can enjoy.
“Eating less and exercising more is the solution to weight control.” Alas! That advice is no longer working these days. The increase in the number of overweight kids is troubling, as it causes health issues and can lead to social issues as well. Overweight kids are often teased by their friends, lose self-esteem, or develop body-mage problems. When kids are overweight, it requires a great deal of effort and responsibility for them to return to a normal weight.
Extra weight and obesity in youngsters are among the greatest risks to kids’ long- and short-term health. Overweight kids are prone to becoming overweight grownups, and therefore also more prone to heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis.
With child obesity increasing at an alarming rate, consulting your kid’s doctor is as important as adopting a healthy lifestyle for your children. It should be the first step in preventing childhood obesity. Most parents avoid discussing their children’s weight issues with doctors if they are overweight themselves. Surprisingly, some pediatricians don’t think it’s necessary to talk about it as they feel that doing so may hurt the parents’ self-esteem, especially when the parents’ self-esteem centers around their children.
True, developing healthy eating habits in your children is crucial to keeping their weight under control while providing them essential nutrients for growth. But is eating right really enough to keep your kids fit and in shape? Consider the following:
- Two in three children are not physically active
- They have very little time for sports practice, games, and physical education classes
- Children spend over seven hours daily on TV, computers, and the phone
- One out of three children in the USA is obese
Parenting is overwhelming enough, but it becomes even more challenging when you are discouraged by your kids’ food choices. Every parent has a common story to tell about how their kids shy away from green veggies or sort the carrots out of the soups. At the same time, those kids are quite fond of cookies, ice cream, burgers, and chips. We all know very well how tough it is to have a picky eater for a child.
Most children simply hate healthy foods in a world where they’re surrounded by convenient fast foods. As a result, obesity has been increasing at an alarming rate, posing big health risks such as asthma, bone and joint problems, and even cancer.