OBESITY IN CHILDREN- EFFECTS AND SOLUTIONS
Obesity in children is a major concern for parents and nutritionists. Obesity is increasing in children by the day and it is alarming. There are many reasons for the same and parents should pay special attention to bring it under control and there are many ways to do so. A study shows that One third of children in the U. S. are overweight or obese, and this number is continuing to rise.
Overweight children are at a higher risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults, placing them at risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes later in life. They are also more prone to develop stress, sadness, and low self-esteem.
There are many reasons for children to become obese. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these factors. There are very few cases where obesity is caused by a medical condition such as hormonal problem. Usually a medical test is performed to see if the obesity is because of hormonal reason or not.
A child’s total diet and activity level play an important role in determining a child’s weight. Today’s children spend most of their time in front of the television or in front of other electronic gadgets. This results in children being inactive for long periods of time. Thus due to absence of any kind of physical activity fats accumulate in the body which leads to obesity in the long run. In the long run obese children are at a risk for a number of conditions such as
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Early heart disease
- Bone problems
- Skin conditions such as heat rash, fungal infections and acne
Parents should keep track of their child’s BMI (Body Mass Index) and in the case where it is higher parents should keep track of their child’s eating habits and physical activities. Parents should not make it sad for their children and make them feel less of themselves. Parents should let their children know that they are supportive of them and no matter what will always be happy for them and be there for them.
Parents should also change their eating habits and physical activity along with their children’s. They should not make them feel left out. Parents should also set an example for their children so that they can follow them. Parents should try and maintain this in the long run.
This will help their children and themselves. Obesity is a problem but it is not fatal. It is harmful in the long run. Hence parents should try and focus on it slowly and constantly so that their children can live a happy and healthy life.
Author: Niketha Mohan
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