Childhood Obesity...You Can HELP!
The prevalence of obesity in minors is increasing in the United States. Childhood obesity is rounded at a critical stage as approximately 15.3% of children ages 6-11 and 15.5% of adolescents ages 12-19 are overweight, and an additional 15% children and 14.9% adolescents are at risk for overweight.
Childhood obesity is on the rise and the victims are all at risk to developing Type II Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and other obesity-related diseases at a very young age. What could be the reason for their mishap?
The reason for this is two-fold. First is the genetic-factor adding to the vulnerability for childhood obesity and second and most notably, the passing-down of poor lifestyle and eating habits.
Sorry to say but the current age is made up of digital generation kids spellbound by inactive indoor entertainment and fast food convenience. Surrounded by computers, video games, and the television, children are hard to pull from the couch to have healthy and worthwhile physical activity outdoors. Even when they do eat it may be difficult to keep them from sweet and fat-saturated snacks which have proven to be impossible for them to burn-off. Finally when they go to school the bad custom is enforced even more as virtually all kids do the same. The result, widespread childhood obesity. So what should the parent do?
Parents must make an effort to not be obese themselves. Childhood obesity is such a serious condition that efforts of providing a good example through proper nutrition and efficient exercise at home still requires established guidelines that wíll help parents and school-systems make significant changes against the problem.
These weight-health guidelines are crucial to educate all children about the perils and reality of childhood obesity and encourage them to participate in all efforts dealing with the issue. Encouraging children to eat healthy foods and get plenty of exercise is the first step in producing healthy results. However, everything starts with the parents. If the parents are practicing unhealthy habits, it is almost impossible to encourage your children to practice healthy ones.