Whether you’re a new expectant parent in the late stages of pregnancy doing a little research before your new bundle of joy makes their first steps into their new World. Or a seasoned parent looking for help and advice to ensuring your young child, toddler or baby starts off on the right pathway to a lifelong healthy and active lifestyle. We’re sure that there will be much you can learn along the way from our range of guides and helpful tips found right here on Sqwibble.com.
Before we go any further, you may be thinking, where did this website name come from? Well long story short, sqwibble is an intentional misspelling of Scribble (as in, Scribble Down your thoughts or in our case, get as much information out to parents as possible!). We decided to go with this as we wanted a fun, brandable website name that encompassed what we were about and what we wanted to do – To provide as much helpful advice and information for new and existing parents.
What can you expect to find on Sqwibble.com
First things first, we hope you find some value in everything we cover here on the website. We’re always adding more articles with great advice and tips on Children’s Activities and Parenting Tips, as well as other useful ideas for keeping your Children Fit and Healthy. You can quickly and easily navigate around the website using the links to all of these sections from within the menu section at the top of the website.
We believe there is a lot of good that can come about with the right lifestyle choices, especially when there is a lot of information around telling us all how Children’s Health and Well-being is being put at risk. Whether that’s from an unhealthy lifestyle or too much inactivity as children are left to sit in front of the television or to play video games.
The Obesity Epidemic in Children (and Parents)
We all know that children are great, so often full of energy and ready to turn anything into a fun game. Running around, laughing and giggling and enjoying life in a way that only children can.
The thing is, it’s not always like this for a lot of parents who struggle to get their children to put down their video games and move away from the television for more than 5 minutes!
It’s a sad fact that obesity isn’t something that is just affecting adults, it’s also something that is a very real danger for children too. The obesity problem in children, as well as adults is a global one which is steadily affecting many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.
The levels of obesity have increased at an all too alarming rate around the World. For instance, in 2015 the number of overweight children under the age of five, is estimated to have been in excess of 42 million. Almost half of all overweight children under 5 lived in Asia and one quarter lived in Africa.
Research suggests that in the United States alone where many people in western countries associate obesity. The percentage of children classed as being obese, has more than tripled since the 1970s. Good habits learnt in the early years of life of course will benefit all children as about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) are currently classed as being obese.
Since overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood, it is important that we all focus on healthy eating and maintain an active lifestyle to help prevent the development noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age. Overweight and obesity, as well as their related diseases, are largely preventable. Prevention of childhood obesity therefore needs high priority.
Things do not get much better for adults, with Worldwide obesity in adults nearly doubling since 1980. There were more than 1.4 billion adults (20 and older) classified as being overweight in 2008, with around one third of these (over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women) considered to be obese according to EASO (European Association for the Study of Obesity) reporting on the World Health Organisation figures.
You can of course draw your own conclusions as to whether this is down to the prevalence of activities that do not require children to be as active as they once were such as video games, home movies and more recently social media. All of which have come into existence since the 1970s and meant that children have become less active as a consequence.
Getting Children interested in Healthy Eating Early
Of course it’s not all doom and gloom, because the great thing about teaching young (and even older) children healthy eating habits, is that they are far more likely to become accustomed to healthy eating habits and benefit from this mindset for the rest of her lives.
If you’re lucky enough to be one of those parents who has somehow managed to get your children interested in eating a plate full of vegetables without some sort of bribe or treat. We’d love to hear from you, so that you can share your secret with us, and the few million parents out there who are going to be very envious of you too!
However, for the rest of you who maybe well be in the same position as we are, and do not have the luxury of children who have not begun to associate vegetables as some sort conspiracy by parents to numb their taste buds to such a degree that they can no longer enjoy anything sweet and tasty. Unfortunately, this isn’t much help when you consider official guidelines suggest that we should all be eating 5 fruits and/or vegetables a day or even as many as 10 fruit and/or vegetables a day.
Either way, finding new ways of getting your children to enjoy healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult and challenging. Especially if you find new, fun and inventive ways of including fruits and vegetables into their diets. A few of things we’ve found most useful are;
Switching your children’s favourite meals for healthier versions, or simply substituting some of the ingredients for healthier versions. Most of the time, Children and Adults alike will never even notice and may often comment that they prefer the newer recipes!
Rather than dictating what your Children are going to eat, consider making a day of a meal time by taking your Children food shopping, so they’re involved in picking the ingredients with you, as well as having them help you prepare their favourite meals.
If you have young Children of reading age, you could teach them to help you by reading the food labels as part of your shopping trip and turn it into a fun game. Of course your shopping trip may take a little longer, but they would quickly learn to help you check the sugar, fat and salt levels on food labels to help you find those products with the lowest figures. Making it not only a fun game for Children, but also a sneaky way of getting them to check fo0od labels.
Teach your Children about Healthy Food Choices with these Fun Activities
Blindfolded Food Tasting
We use various senses before we even place food in our mouths, including through sight and smell before we even taste it. So a fun way to get children to eat fruit and vegetables is to cut them up into small pieces ahead of time and keep them covered and out of sight of your children. Then when you’re ready, have your children cover their eyes with a blindfold, and use a peg (or simply have them pinch their own noses so they cannot smell anything) and give them small pieces of the fruit and vegetables to taste. Then you simply allow them to try and guess what they just ate. They’ll never realise your stealth tactics to get them to eat more healthy.
Food Sticker Games
This will take a little preparation as you will need to collect some food magazines which have photos of various foods, ready for you to cut out and use for these games. They’re a great way of teaching your children about both healthy food choices, as well as where the various foods comes from.
Game 1 – Health Food Game: Using your photos of various foods, use a large piece of paper and some Child friendly glue and have them choose whether they believe the food choice is a healthy one or an unhealthy one.
Game 2 – Where Does It Come From Game: If you have some left over photos of fruits and vegetables (you may not want to associate meats with animals with young children just yet). You can get a large piece of paper with sections split into four for instance, with Trees (Apples, Oranges, etc), Soil/Ground (Onions, Potatoes, etc), Animals (Eggs, Milk, etc) and Sea/Ocean (Fish, Prawns/Shrimps, etc). You can of course decide the rules for your game, but the idea being it’s a fun way to learn where all of the various foods we eat come from
Children’s Food Books
Of course, if you don’t have the time to collect together all of these photos of the various foods. You may want to invest in a book. There are plenty of great books to buy or even borrow from your local library which will make teaching your children about the various fruits and vegetables, in similar ways to what we have already shown you with our Food Sticker Game ideas. Although you may need to find other suitable ways to play them if you don’t wish to cut out the pictures from the books.