Hello doctor, I am fat individual and my wife-to-be is also fatter than me. Is there any chance of having slim children?
Yes it is possible to have slim children. However, it will take significant will-power from both you and your wife-to-be. The change has to start from both of you. You need to make a commitment to eating healthier and staying fit. This involves eating more fruits and veggies and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. For more tips on how to start on this journey, please click on these links:
This focus has to continue during pregnancy to ensure that your baby doesn’t get too big, all things being equal. Your children have to have good examples to copy and that’s why it’s important that you and your partner start to do the right things now so that you can model the right behavior for your children later.
Get them off to a good start by providing exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. After that add other foods. The weaning period is usually a trying time as some children tend to be very picky as they sort through the multiple different tastes that we offer up for their eating pleasure. Make feeding time fun and interesting. Try not to add more than one new meal per week. This helps the baby get accustomed to the new meal before another is introduced. It also helps you to know if your baby is reacting to a particular meal or ingredient. Remember that even with the addition of new meals, breast feeding should be continued until baby is two years old.
For people who have asked, yes, baby can get regular milk from one year of age. Indeed, this should be full cream milk at this time. From the age of 2 years though, this milk should be switched to skimmed milk or 1 or 2% milk.
Baby should get a variety of meals during this period. For more guidance on this, please click on this link:
Activity is also critical for the children. In this age where the TV is on from morning till night with all sorts of computer, video and handheld games vying for attention, you have to make a conscious effort to ensure that the children get at least one hour of activity per day. This should not be too difficult as children do love to be able to play and run around…as soon as they are old enough to do so.
So, the journey to the right weight for your children starts with the right weight for you and your partner and a determination to model the right behavior. I hope this serves as sufficient motivation to keep you and wifey on the straight and narrow path of good health :D
For a related post, please click on: http://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/02/01/daily-health-tips-should-my-children-be-on-a-diet/
Have a good night, everyone :D
Here’s to a healthier you!