Child Obesity Major Causes, Risks and Preventive Measures

By: Nick Mutt


Child obesity is one of the alarming situations in most of the countries in the world. Sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits have lead to several health problems among children. They now battle a host of diseases usually found in adults. More and more kids suffer from obesity and most have no idea how to stay healthy. Neither do their parents if one goes by case studies. Parents start worrying only when children turn 15 or 16. Many believe that hormonal imbalances are the main reasons why kids are flabby but that is a very minute percentage, say pediatricians.

It is the lifestyle and the environment one grows up in that matter more. After school, kids used to play out in the field but today they go for the TV remote control or internet browsing. Aggravating the problem is the documented fact that when children watch TV they snack more, often on unhealthy junk foods that are high in salt and calories and low in fiber. With more parents working the already sedentary children are eating the kind of food that adds generously to their adipose tissues. Besides, children whose both parents were obese were more likely to be obese.

Risks of Child Obesity

Today there are instances of adolescents with type 2 diabetes, more and more teens are developing high BP, high cholesterol and conditions preceding diabetes. Counseling the parents and kids is a major component to battle against child obesity. Usually a normal program lasts two and half months. Medical history of kids and their eating habits are both studied. Usually the wrong eating habit is the culprit for the children being fat say, majority of fitness experts.

Many children are taking the matter seriously. Certain hospitals are working on methods of reducing fat using electrodes. The idea is to make the person eat less by creating artificial impulses from the stomach to a pacemaker in the brain signaling that the stomach is full. Another method is cutting short the large intestine so that fat absorption is reduced. However, this leads to less minerals being absorbed. Hence it is not recommended for growing children, except in cases of morbid obesity.

How to Fight Child Obesity?

Obesity among children can lead to several health problems. So it is always advisable for parents to take action against child obesity before itís too late. You must carefully monitor what your children eat. The aim should be right food, right quantities; junk food to be restricted or chucked out completely.

Fitness trainers say that the number of obese and overweight children coming in for weight reduction programs is on the rise. In this article you will find some useful dietary guidelines to overcome child obesity.

1. Salads are good to replace snacks. Include fruits and vegetables in salad your child love to eat.
2. Fruits and vegetables must be included in diet. Vegetable soups can be served in breakfast.
3. Milk shakes are healthy substitutes for colas. Try not to keep cakes, chocolates and sweets at home.

Encourage your child to take an active part in sports and outdoor games. To lose all the flab accumulated by eating, sleeping and watching TV, your child needs some intensive weight reduction program. If the family members have high BP or diabetes related to obesity, children should be encouraged more so to lose the flab so that those diseases donít bother them. Strict diet of vegetable soup and fruits must be given, and chocolates, soft drinks, etc., to be completely banned.

Lifestyle measures to combat child obesity:

1. Limit time spent in front of the TV
2. Eat healthy food. Try fruit salads and vegetable soups.
3. Baked foods are a better alternative to fried stuff
4. Try sweets cooked in milk rather than oil or ghee
5. Include more pulses and vegetables in your diet
6. Cut out red meat; try seafood
7. Fix regular times for meals
8. Snack on fruits and fruit juices
9. Go outside and play more. Try jogging at least two or three times a week. Cycling is also a good option.

Parents, teachers or fitness experts can only guide the kids but the initiative and motivation should come from kids. What they need is correct guidance and ideal role models. Parents and teachers should play these roles and the results will be excellent, for everybody to see.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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