Parental Stress and the Impact on Child Obesity
As adults, it’s easy to find ourselves stressed over things like money, work, relationships, and time management, which all put a strain on our overall physical and mental health. But could our stresses be affecting our children’s health?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parental stress can directly impact childhood obesity. For example, parents experiencing stress due to work demands or lack of sleep may purchase more fast food for their families. The AAP’s findings also connect stressors of low-income or single-parent households with a child’s negative eating habits and diet. This increase in a child’s consumption of high-fat foods can lead to health problems such as high cholesterol, weight gain, and diabetes.
Try these time management tips:
Create a daily agenda
Make “To Do” lists
Get a planner
List reminders to yourself/appointments/etc.
Use the calendar and write down important dates
Take advantage of support systems
Carpool with neighbors and other parents
Track where your money is spent
Balance your checkbook
Keep a weekly spending log
Buy in bulk
Clip coupons or look for sales
Pre-plan meals for the week
Cook on weekends
Cook in large quantities to freeze leftovers for later use
Relaxation is very important in stress management. Try muscle relaxation and meditation and take time to exercise to relieve stress.
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