Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fighting Obesity in Children Is A Battle We Must Win

by sas_donsinfo4all

Obesity in children is a growing concern for many families. Obesity means having too much body fat. Obesity in children should be taken seriously. Childhood obesity has become one of the most important health challenges facing American society today. In children aged two to five, obesity rates have doubled to more than ten percent and to more than fifteen percent for those aged twelve to fourteen. The problem of childhood obesity in children is not limited to the United States -- it is now a problem for traditionally poor countries where recent prosperity has caused people to eat more and exercise less.

Health. If a weight-loss program is necessary, involve the whole family in healthy habits so your child doesn't feel singled out. If weight loss is recommended, the whole family should support the child by opting for healthy eating habits. You can encourage healthy eating by serving more fruits and vegetables and buying fewer sodas and high-calorie, high-fat snack foods. A family should be encouraged to eat in a healthy style by the purchase of plenty of fruits and vegetables and less of the high calorie sodas and high fat snacks. For children with a weight problem, fast-food restaurants are not a healthy choice.

The National Academies' Institute of Medicine proposes healthier meals in schools and restaurants; more choices of physical education at school and in the community; less television advertising aimed at children; and education of health professionals and children to make better food choices.

Overweight children and adolescents are also more likely to become obese as adults. Overweight and obesity in children are among the most important risks to children's long and short-term health. Children are increasingly becoming afflicted with diseases that were previously confined mostly to adults, (Reported by The Enquirer - Cincinnati). Overweight parents - a family's eating patterns can have a major influence on whether children maintain a healthy weight. When the parents are overweight, their eating habits have a tremendous impact on the ability of their children to maintain a healthy weight. Where the parents are overweight, the family's eating habits can have a tremendous affect on whether the children keep to a healthy weight.

Medical

The usual cause of childhood obesity and overweight is too much of the wrong foods and too little physical recreation.

Medical

Childhood obesity, a serious medical condition, is usually the result of overeating and underexercising. Although medical complications do not occur in the majority of obese or overweight children, specific disorders (hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia and others) can occur in the severely obese child. Overweight children should not be put on a weight reduction diet unless a physician has prescribed it for medical reasons. Nevertheless, for a severely obese child, a weight loss of one pound per month is recommended, especially when medical complications caused by obesity are present. If you suspect that your child is obese, take him or her to your physician to make sure that the obesity is not caused by a medical problem. When a child's physical activity is limited by a medical condition, a physician can recommend safe activities.

There is a tremendous chance of obesity continuing into adulthood, when it is not prevented or managed in childhood. It is stated that by medical professionals that for the first time ever, the life span of today's youth is expected to be shorter than their parents. The control of childhood obesity is a longterm commitment that should include providing the child the tools necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices. Many medical professionals say that for the first time ever, the life expectancy of today's youth could be shorter than their parents. Some medical professionals have stated, that because of obesity, the lifespan of children today will be less than their parents.

About the Author
Don M, a licensed pharmacist for 40 years, with a special interest in health and nutrition. For more interesting free articles on healthy weight-loss, visit my website.
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