Obesity is the easiest medical condition to diagnosis, and the most difficult to treat. Parents are the most influential people to help prevent childhood, and adolescence obesity. Childhood, and adolescence obesity has an immediate, and long term affect which includes physical, and psychological issues.
Obesity occurs when a person eats more calories than the body is able to burn up. If one parent is obese, then the child has a 50% chance of being obese. If both parents are obese, then the chances of being obese are 80%. Since obesity usually affects more than one family member, get the whole family involved in eating healthy, and being active.
Lack of physical activity contributes to obesity, and an increase in health risk such as:
High blood pressure
Joint and muscle pains
Obesity in children, and adolescence can be related to the following:
Family history of obesity
Poor eating habits
Lack of exercise
Life’s changes (death, divorce, drugs, moving, step-parent, separations)
Help prevent obesity by:
• Limit TV viewing, and video games to less than one hour a day.
• Keep TV’s out of the kid’s bedroom.
• Avoid ready-made prepared foods.
• Limit the amount of high-calorie foods kept in the pantry.
• Provide enough of fresh fruits, and vegetables (washed, cut, and stored in an air-tight container).
• Respect your child’s appetite. (Do not force children to finish everything on their plate.)
• Drink lots of water.
• Replace whole milk with skim milk or low fat milk.
• Children should have at least 30 – 60 minutes of playing outside every day; adolescence 60 minutes.
• Make it a habit to get the proper amount of sleep. (A minimum of 7 hours every night.)
Make physical activity part of your family’s everyday life. Walk to school together, take the dog for a walk or jog, go bike riding, play, have fun together, and exercise. A little activity is better than no activity! Over time it can make a huge difference in your child’s physical, and mental state.
By: Cheri Cola