Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing serious health problems.
The nutritional and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, the media, and anything else a child experiences. Educating children and parents about healthy dietary choices and exercise routines are what will prevent childhood obesity in the future.
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. We need to work together and fight to reverse this number. Through education and prevention tomorrow’s generation will know how to maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity is simply defined as having an excess of body fat. It is difficult to directly measure the amount of body fat of an individual. For that reason, measuring the body mass index (BMI) has become the most scientific way to determine the amount of body fat and identify obesity.
Childhood obesity happens in children with an excess body fat. The result is a negative affect on a child’s well-being and overall health. The term overweight is more commonly used for children even when they are categorically obese so it is less stigmatizing for the child.
Children who are obese have a harder time sleeping, a higher chance of asthma, allergies, and diabetes. In addition to suffering from overall poor physical health, overweight and obese children often have psychological stress which can cause low self-esteem hindering academic and social functioning, which commonly will persist into adulthood.
Doctors and scientists are concerned about the rise of obesity in children and teens because obesity may lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and many more physical ailments. Obese children and teens are more likely to be obese as adults. Working together we can stop the increasing trend of childhood obesity.
All consumers need to make healthy food choices when they select their next meal. You can prioritize food choices by reminding yourself to make half of your plate fruits and vegetables and the remaining half of your plate should include the other important food groups of whole grains, lean proteins, and low fat dairy for a well-balanced meal. This will influence the children around you to do the same as well. Read more…
In combination with healthy eating, physical activity is an essential factor of a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity helps control weight, builds lean muscle, supports the development of strong bone, muscle and joints, and decreases the risk of obesity and a range of other health problems. Children need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every day to maintain a healthy weight. Read more…