Dealing with Childhood Obesity, Part 1

According to the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) over one-third of children can be considered¬† overweight or obese. The American lifestyle is certain prosperous compared with that of many other developing nations, but it is coming at a high cost in terms of our children’s health.

Being overweight has known implications for adult, but the full impact of obesity in children is now really starting to be felt.  Children as young as 4 are developing Type 2 diabetes, and showing issues such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides and high blood pressure, serious and even life-threatening condition which are usually only seen in adults over the age of 40.

The cure for childhood obesity needs to begin at home with the caregivers for these children. Improving overall diet, not dieting, and regular exercise/physical acvity will be the two keys to resolving the problem. The sooner you start, the sooner you can lessen the impact of obesity on your child and reduce the risks.

Protecting your children’s health now and in the future will depend greatly on the way you educate yourself about food and nutrition, in order to teach your children properly.

Preventing an at-risk child from remaining overweight can start a process learning more about living a healthy and active lifestyle to increase their energy levels and help them make smart choices about their daily diet and exercise routine.

There are several things that parents can do right away helping their child to slim down. These include:

+not fighting with your child over food

+not using it is a bribe to get them to do what you want

+setting a good example

+teaching them to make healthy choices

Being hypercritical, and/’or commenting on your child’s weight, will do little to help the situation, and leave them with negative self-esteem. This in turn might trigger even more emotional eating.

Continued in Part 2

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