ICAN Foundation promotes living a healthy lifestyle through physically activity as well was a proper diet. Below we have listed information about childhood obesity from trusted and reliable sources - not to scare you, but to inform you so that together weCAN create a more active generation of youngsters!
Did you know that up to one out of every five children in the U. S. is overweight or obese? And this number is continuing to grow. Children have fewer weight-related health and medical problems than adults. However, overweight children are at high 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.
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.
The Benefits of Regular Physical Activity: (CDC)
• Regular physical activity that is performed on most days of the week reduces the risk of developing or dying from some of the leading causes of illness and death in the United States. Regular physical activity improves health in the following ways:
• Reduces the risk of dying prematurely.
• Reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.
• Reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
• Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure.
• Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.
• Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
• Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
• Helps control weight.
• Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
• Helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling.
• Promotes psychological well-being.
Exercise also has these added health benefits:
• It strengthens your heart.
• It increases energy levels.
• It lowers blood pressure.
• It improves muscle tone and strength.
• It strengthens and builds bones.
• It helps reduce body fat.
• It makes you look fit and healthy.
Ways for parents to fight obesity in their child: (WebMD)
• Respect your child's appetite; children do not have to finish everything on their plate, or finish the entire bottle.
• Avoid pre-prepared and foods with extra sugar.
• Provide your child with a healthy diet, 30% or fewer calories from fat.
• Provide enough fiber.
• Limit the amount of high-calorie foods kept in the home.
• Enjoy physical activities as a family (walking, playing outdoor games, etc.)
• Limit TV viewing.
• Do not reward completion of meals with sweet desserts.
• Replace whole milk with skim milk at about 2 years of age.
• Encourage your child to participate in active play.
Obese children are at risk for a number of conditions, including: (WebMD)
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure
• Early heart disease
• Bone problems
• Skin conditions such as heat rash, fungal infections, and acne