It's difficult to turn on the TV these days without seeing a report on just how unhealthy our kids are. The number of children who are dangerously overweight, practically obese, has skyrocketed in recent years.
What's the Danger?
An obese child has a 70% larger risk of becoming an obese adult, and closer to 80% if one parent is obese. Not to mention these horrible dangers of childhood obesity:
- Heart disease
- Type II diabetes
- Joint issues
- High cholesterol
- Breathing problems
Not only are these dangerous's physical, but they are also emotional and psychological. Here are just a few such problems of childhood obesity:
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of confidence, or over-confidence
Symptoms & Precursors to Obesity
Of course it is almost always similar by simple visual symptoms, however, from your child's weight, height, and age, you can also determine your child's Body Mass Index (BMI). The BMI can be used along with published charts to determine whether or not your child falls within the normal ranges for height and weight.
Some other precursors and symptoms to be aware of are as follows:
- Abnormal self-consciousness when undressed or center of attention
- Lack of physical activity
- Family history of obesity (especially in immediate family)
- High added sugar intake (sodas, juices, candies, cakes, cookies)
- Incessant snacking between meals
How Can We Help Our Children?
The ways in which we can help our children and prevalent and numerous and should not take too much researching. Our kids today are constantly being fed with video games, television, and junk food. And, we need to do our best as parents to combat these elements by providing healthy exercise alternatives, healthy dieting, love, and support.
- Help your family to exercise
- Eat a good, sensible, balanced diet from all the food groups
- Stay positive and love your children!
Together we can help the next generation of children to be healthier and happier.