Obesity in young children is a major health problem in our society today. It not only affects young children but teens and adults too. Statistics show that one out of every five children is obese. Within the last thirty years this has doubled and seems to be getting worse. This article will look at three causes of obesity in young children and explore some treatments and preventions.
– Lack of Parental Education – Nutrition
How well would you pass on a test about healthy and nutritional eating? Information is the most powerful weapon you can have against obesity and that can be passed onto your child each day. The truth is many adults simply don’t know the facts. If you don’t know the factors about nutrition first for your own health how can you teach your child about it? This leads onto another serious cause, lack of physical activity.
– Lack of Physical Activity
Children do not play outdoor games like football, rugby, cricket, basketball etc. as much as they used to in the past. Computer games, video games and television to name a few “robbers” have replaced healthy physical activity time. Associated to this serious issue is the consumption of unhealthy foods.
– Fast Food Consumption
One in three children (from age 4 to 19) eats fast food daily. This is causing children to put on extra weight while increasing the risk of obesity. This is alarming news for doctors, parents, teachers and researchers because of the serious health risks related to obesity. Fast foods include higher fats, carbohydrates, sugars and calories than any other food products.
OK now that we know what some of the causes are we need to think about possible treatments.
Treatments and Preventions
– Adequate Parental education
As a parent, you need to know all about nutrition first and foremost for your own health so you are able to look after your child and so you can teach your child about healthy eating. Talk to heath specialists, search online, attend nutrition courses, visit the library and talk to your friends about what is healthy eating.
– Regular Exercise
Encourage your kids to be involved with outdoor activities including the playing of games, riding of bikes, shooting a ball etc. Discourage them from playing computer games and watching television etc. The watching of TV programs and playing of computer games should be timetabled. If you able to, encourage your child to play a weekend sport.