Harmful Effects Of Obesity Among Children And How To Prevent It

By Sammuel Larson, Parent Herald November 30, 04:00 am
Obesity places everyone at a very high risk especially children, here are the harmful effects of obesity among children and how to prevent it.
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Growing kids need to be safeguarded from whatever will harm them. This is a very crucial stage in their life, thus, how parents take care of them will have a significant impact on their lives.

Children's nourishment is one. Parents who are still on their first or second baby might be very well aware of this. They tend to be very keen on what foods they're going to give their kids and what amount.

Over protective parents would normally opt to give their children too much food for they think, it is good for their kid's health. However, this is not how the story goes.

According to Web MD, one third of children in the U.S. is overweight or obese and this number is continuing to rise. Children have fewer weight-related health and medical problems than adults.

Overweight children are at high risk of becoming obese 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.

One of every parent's dilemma is striking a balance between urging their kids to eat a lot to sustain their growth & development and controlling their eating pattern to prevent obesity. Children become overweight and obese for a variety of reasons. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns or a combination of these factors.

Only in rare cases is being overweight caused by a medical condition such as a hormonal problem. A physical exam and some blood tests can rule out the possibility of a medical condition as the cause for obesity.

Preventing kids from becoming overweight means making choices in the way your family eats and exercises and how you spend time together. Helping kids lead healthy lifestyles begins with parents who lead by example, says Kids Health.

Are your kids in the verge of obesity? Share your thoughts below.

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