Obesity is one of the top lifestyle diseases today, and the most disturbing trend is the rise in the number of children who are overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese during childhood increases the risks to both long and short-term health of children. According to the article ‘Curbing Weight Problems and Obesity in Children’ in helpguide.org, ‘Those extra pounds put kids at risk for developing serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. Childhood obesity also takes an emotional toll. Overweight and obese children often have trouble keeping up with other kids and joining in sports and activities. Other kids may tease and exclude them, leading to low self-esteem, negative body image, and even depression’.
Is your child overweight? Don’t worry! There are so many ways of putting him on the path to good health. But understanding why children gain weight is the first step in this direction. Most of the time, obesity is the result of eating more and exercising less. When a child consumes more calories than he can burn, he starts gaining weight. The solution lies in inculcating healthy eating habits in your child. According to the article ‘Avoid Childhood Obesity: 10 Steps To A Healthier Child’ in homecuresthatwork.com, ‘If we care about obesity prevention… we need to translate that belief to our children. It starts by recapturing the family dinner and wholesome cooking. Prioritise purchasing locally grown foods and the value of what ‘live food’ can do for the body, mind and spirit. It’s time for us to become nourishers as well as nurturers’.
In fact, the entire family can come together to help an obese child by making healthier food choices and becoming active.
You can learn more about how to manage obesity in children by flipping through the pages of this ClipBook.
The number of children who are obese or overweight is growing at an alarming rate. Extra pounds put kids at risk of serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and asthma.
WHO defines overweight as a BMI equal to or more than 25, and obesity as a BMI equal to or more than 30.
Your body stores unused energy as body fat. To maintain a healthy weight, you need to use (or ‘burn’) the energy from the foods you eat. If you eat more than you use, your body will store the extra energy as fat.
Childhood obesity can complicate your child's physical, social and emotional well-being.
Excess weight can cause vitamin deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and increased stress and tension that can affect bone growth and overall musculoskeletal health. This causes deformity, pain, and potentially, a lifetime of limited mobility and di...
This list of DOs and DON'Ts for parents of overweight children is based on many studies.
If we care about obesity prevention, we need to translate that belief to our children. It starts by recapturing the family dinner and wholesome cooking. Prioritize purchasing locally grown foods and the value of what “live food” can do for the bod...