Childhood obesity has become a major public heath problem. According to the CDC, About 1 of every 5 (17%) children in the United States is considered obese and certain groups of children are more affected than others. While there is no single or simple solution, September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and was created to provide an opportunity for learning about ways to prevent and address this serious health concern.
Here are 4 Reasons Childhood obesity is a major health problem…..
- Children who have obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults.
- Children who have obesity face more bullying and stigma.
- Children spend too much time in sedentary activities such as television viewing and video games.
- Children have easy access to high calorie snacks and drinks.
When I was a kid, there were not nearly the amount of television shows, video games and, quite frankly, options of things to do indoors as there are today. I was constantly outside connecting with other kids, while today’s world offers the opportunity to connect on a digital level instead of physically seeking out friends to hang out with. It can be very frustrating for a parent indeed.
Here are 5 things a parent can do to prevent childhood obesity…….
- Make sure your child is getting the right amount of sleep.
- Give your child healthy food options such as fruits and vegetables.
- Give your child water instead of sugary drinks.
- Make sure your child is getting adequate amounts of physical activity on a daily basis.
- Put limits on indoor technology time.
Obesity puts kids (and adults) at risk for both physical, mental, and emotional health challenges so we should all be taking part to prevent childhood obesity. Not only for their sake as children but for the sake of the adults they are growing into. The biggest single thing that parents, teachers and other caregivers can do to prevent children from becoming obese is to set the standard themselves. By showing our children how to eat right, get 60 minutes of physical exercise each day and plenty of sleep, we set the stage for the healthy growth of our children.
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