Make eating seem fun for kids,nutritionist Shikha Sharma advises parents

"Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, cereals, sprouts and natural foods, making healthy food look interesting and full of fun, exercising daily or doing yoga for at least 30 minutes is the key to a healthy body and sound mind," said Dr Shikha Sharma, Chairperson, CII Yi Health Vertical while addressing citizens and students during a session on preventive health measures and nutrition organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII's) Young Indians (Yi) Chandigarh Tricity Chapter at CII Friday.

Addressing one of the main concerns of parents - the bad eating habits of children, she said, "We should use creativity and make eating fun and interesting for kids. Making healthy food look fashionable is the key to attracting children and teenagers towards healthy eating".

A lot of group activities can be planned and school children can eat similar kinds of healthy things, like sprouts and fruits together in groups, which they otherwise dislike, she said. Children follow their parents, so adults should eat healthy things happily, so that kids also like them.

Stressing on decreasing dependency on chemicals and refined foods, Sharma said that genetically modified oils such as canola oil are not a healthy option and instead, one should be using more cold pressed oils (kachhi Dhaani ), olive oil, ground nut oil, mustard oil etc.

Also, sharing her views on healthy packaged food options available in the markets these days, she said, "These are better options than fried food, chips etc but if given a choice, one should go in for natural, healthy and fresh food options".

She also busted myths regarding the following of extreme diets for sudden weight loss as these can be emotionally damaging in the long term and can also leave certain organs malfunctioning, thus harming the body rather than doing it any good, she cautioned.

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