Children Diets – The Protekal Junior

Benefits of the Children’s Protekal Junior diet

Protekal Junior diet helps obese children fight their obesity and lose weight under doctor’s supervision. During Protekal Junior diet, children are learning about the proper and balanced diet in the presence of their parents and under the supervision of a doctor.

What is the Protekal Junior children’s diet?

Protekal Junior Diet is a weight loss program for obese children involving a doctor, a child and the parents with the goal of adopting healthy food habits and reducing weight. The Protekal Junior diet is a healthy way of reducing weight under doctor’s supervision.

The Protekal Junior diet program

The first step in the Protekal junior diet program is to determine the child’s ideal weight, based on his/her age and height, and to develop a balanced healthy diet combined with physical activity.
In this program, a doctor determines how much and what type of food to include in the diet, for each child individually, taking into consideration multiple parameters, such as: age, height and overall health condition. A doctor also determines the use of OPTI – a meal replacement along with diverse food in other daily meals.
A balanced diet includes a large amount of fruits and vegetables, the main goal being to ensure all nutritional and energy needs of a child.
The Protekal Junior diet contains Protekal chocolate bars and cookies which are low-calorie and sugar-free, and they help children curb obesity and overweight issues more comfortably and smoothly endure the weight loss program.
During the Protekal Junior diet program, the child gradually loses excess weight. The goal is to change the child’s eating habits and the lifestyle. Also, it is important for a parent to realize that a battle with obesity is not an easy one and that the process of losing weight demands patience and persistence.

The Protekal Junior diet and physical activity

Considering that obesity in children is in most cases developed by eating fast food and indulging in sweets, yet at the same time lacking in physical activity, it is recommended that during the Protekal Junior diet  a child takes up some sport or some physical activity based on  age, preference and physical abilities.

Why does obesity occur in children?

The percentage of overweight children is rising every year in all age groups. A large number of obese children has a problem due to unhealthy eating habits: irregular meals, overeating, snacking, eating fast food, indulging in sweets particularly those made with white flour, furthermore, avoiding fruits and vegetables, and last but not least, being physically inactive. Since these habits are formed in early childhood and mainly pre-school age it is important to include the whole family in adopting healthy food habits. If the whole family chooses to make a healthy diet plan, it is easier to curb and treat childhood obesity. And with the whole family involved, it will be much easier for the overweight or obese child to make lasting changes. Parents must be aware that obesity in children has negative consequences on their child’s physical and psychological development.

Consequences of childhood obesity

Obesity in children can have negative repercussions on psychological development of children because these children are often teased by their peers. Parents must try to prevent such outcomes because a child can fall into a “vicious circle” – lose self-confidence, withdraw from other children, and eventually become prone to depression. Under the circumstances, the child’s only comfort is food, especially sweets, which in turn contributes to even bigger weight gain that can cause some disease.
Obesity in children is alarming because obese children, teenagers and adolescents have greater chance to stay obese when they grow up, which can cause diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, stroke, osteoarthritis, etc.
Furthermore, obese children often develop diseases that usually occur later in life, such as: hypertension, high blood lipids, bone system deformation, fatty liver, and chronic fatigue.
The Age 7 to 13 is considered crucial in prevention of obesity and its treatment. Since children are unaware what a healthy diet is and why it is important, it is the parents’ responsibility to adopt healthy eating habits and lead by example.