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Childhood Obesity

Information about Childhood Obesity

We Have to Know about the Childhood Obesity

  • The obesity epidemic is especially evident in industrialized nations where many people live sedentary lives and eat more convenience foods, which are typically high in calories and low in nutritional value

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

Causes of Childhood Obesity

  • Genetic and hormonal
  • kids eating too much and exercising too little

Do’s and Don’ts of Childhood Obesity

  • Set a good example – maintain a healthy weight, be active, and invite your child to join you
  • Try not to engage in food-related power struggles with your child, don’t offer food as reward or punishment
  • Rather than being critical, emphasize what’s positive — the fun of playing outside, the variety of fresh fruit you can get year-round. Emphasize the benefits of exercise apart from helping to manage their weight, for example, it makes their heart, lungs and other muscles stronger. If you foster your child’s natural inclination to run around, explore and eat only when hungry — not out of boredom — a healthy weight should take care of itself

Signs & Symptoms of Childhood Obesity

  • Obese

Medical advice for Childhood Obesity

  • If you’re worried that your child is putting on too much weight

Risk factors of Childhood Obesity

  • Regular consumption of high-calorie foods, such as fast foods.
  • Inactivity
  • Genetics
  • Psychological factors such as stress or boredom.
  • Family/social factors

Treatment for Childhood Obesity

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Always have healthy snacks available. And never use food as a reward or punishment
  • Limit sweetened beverages, including those containing fruit juice.
  • Select recipes and methods of cooking that are lower in fat
  • Put colorful food on the table: green and yellow vegetables, fruits of various colors, and brown (whole-grain) bread
  • Sit down together for family meals. Don’t eat in front of the television or computer, which fosters mindless munching
  • Limit the number of times you eat out
  • Increase physical activity
  • Limit recreational screen time to fewer than two hours a day.
  • Emphasize activity not exercise. Free-play activities such as playing hide-and-seek, tag or jump-rope can be helpful
  • Find activities your child likes to do
  • If you want an active child, be active yourself

Self-care for Childhood Obesity

  • Take care that children don’t make eating as their habit

Investigations for Childhood Obesity

  • The BMI (Body Mass Index) indicates if your child is overweight for his or her age and height
Medical advice for Childhood Obesity
Symptoms of Childhood Obesity