Who doesn’t love to cuddle and kiss a chubby baby who exists as a look-alike of a sumo wrestler? Flabby stomach, rounded thighs and roly-poly cheeks seem to be the best traits of an infant. People across the world feel that fat is how babies should be and are least bothered about the baby’s overwhelming weight gain and health. We are committing a grave mistake by ignoring baby fat assuming it to be a temporary trait but scientifically this never remains a periodic one and neither is it healthy. As parents, we need to protect our baby’s health and ensure that the infant stays right on track. By this, I don’t mean putting our tiny ones onto diets, weight-loss meals or activities. Its just that we need to channelize their eating habits and activities right from a young age.
There is no age barrier to start living healthy. Exercising and eating good food don’t require a minimal age criterion. What is needed is the right frame of mind and willingness from parents to nurture their infants in a nutritious manner and groom them into health-conscious adults. There are a number of simple steps that can be taken by parents to keep their baby on a healthy weight and sketch their path to future wellness.
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.