Obesity or Overweight
Mothers are very keen to have a plumper baby, and tend to over-feed the baby. In western countries babies are fed all kinds of tined pureed food, from 6 weeks onwards. Recently, it has been realized that excessively fat babies grow up to be fat adults and are more prone to problems of high blood pressure, heart diseases and so on.
A child may be forced to eat more by the mother or he may eat more because of some unhappiness. Some children automatically turn to food when they are unhappy about something, and in turn become more unhappy because they are putting on weight and everyone is nagging or poking fun at them.
Obesity runs in families and in such families parents have to be specially careful about their child’s food. Some children just love food and do not want to play or run about very much. Only very rarely is obesity due to some glandular imbalance. The diet can be corrected by cutting down on starches such as bread, biscuits, cakes, rice, and potatoes, and fried food. The child should not be allowed toffees and sweets, except occasionally, He should be encouraged to eat more green vegetables, fruit, salad, eggs, lean meat, fish and dal.