Preventing Obesity in Children
When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our children, nothing poses as much of a threat as childhood obesity. According to the American Heart Association, the number one health concern of parents in the United States is childhood obesity, which tops both drug abuse and smoking. At such a young age, it’s important for parents to understand what obesity is and how to prevent it amongst their children. To get started on a new way of life, call us today at (407) 335-4760 to schedule an evaluation and create a healthy weight-management plan for your child. http://familyfirstpeds.com/
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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PREVENTING OBESITY IN
Presentation prepared by Family First
According to the American Heart
Association, the number one health
concern of parents in the United
States is childhood obesity, which tops
both drug abuse and smoking.
At such a young age, it’s important for
parents to understand what obesity is
and how to prevent it amongst their
Obesity is defined by having
excess body fat that is beyond
the normal range for a person’s
height, age, and body
Important factors in determining
whether or not a person is overweight
or obese is the body mass index (BMI)
values found on the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) growth chart.
However, obesity amongst children
than doubled and quadrupled amongst
teens in the past 30 years, according
to the Journal of the American Medical
What Causes Obesity?
Different factors can play a role in the
development of obesity, such as poor eating
habits, not enough exercise, psychological
and environmental changes, and genetics.
However, obesity can simply be caused by
consuming more calories than the body
Not only can this create poor self-esteem
and depression, but also contribute to:
High blood pressure
Pre-diabetes (high blood glucose levels
present a risk for developing diabetes in
How Can Childhood Obesity
First, it’s important to find a good pediatrician or
family care doctor to stay on track with annual
physicals and check-ups.
Before trying any diet or exercise program for your
child, it is important to first consult with a medical
professional to make sure any plan made is
healthy and well-suited for your child’s current
Try working together as a family in order to:
Make eating healthy fun! — Try taking some of
your child’s favorite meals and turn them nutritious
with extra vegetables.
Become an active family together. —Find an
activity the entire family enjoys, such as soccer,
running around with the family dog, or Frisbee.
Choose healthy rewards. — Instead of treating
your son or daughter to a McFlurry at McDonald’s for
their great report card, try rewarding them in a better
way. Instead, opt for low-fat frozen yogurt
Have family meals at the table. — Don’t let your
dinner table collect dust. Instead of eating dinner in
front of the television, sit down together as a
family. Talking about each other’s days can help
slow down how fast you and your family eat, aiding
in better digestion.
Always be encouraging. — With your new routine,
your child will have his or her good and bad
days. Try not to focus on the mistakes, but
encourage their good behavior and help get them
back on track.
To get started on a new way of life, call
us today at (407) 335-4760 to schedule
an evaluation and create a healthy
weight-management plan for your child.