Obesity in children is a serious medical issue, that if not addressed early on, is likely to extend into the child’s teen years, resulting in both long-term and short-term consequences.
Obese children tend to have problems in mental and physical well-being. They are likely to be have high cholesterol and blood pressure, insulin resistance, an increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, and muscular discomfort. Some other risk factors include early menstruation, depression, low self-esteem, gallstones, etc.
Childhood obesity can sometimes be a side-effect of certain medications, psychological factors such as nervousness and anxiety, or even genetics..
Childhood obesity can easily be prevented, just by making a few basic lifestyle changes:
1. Physical activity – As a parent or a guardian you must encourage your children to participate in any kind of physical activity. Teach them to workout daily for at least an hour and encourage them to play outdoor sports or video games that include physical activity.
2. Consume nutrient-rich food – Nutritious food in the right quantities is very important for children to maintain a healthy weight:
• Consuming a lot of water and limiting the intake of sweetened beverages, sodium and saturated fats will help a lot.
• Plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain products are essential to your childrens’ diet.
• Low-fat or non-fat milk, lean meats, poultry, lentils, and bean are also requisite.
3. Keep a tab on the number of servings and the portion sizes – To make sure your child is not putting on weight, ensure they eat at regular intervals and try to limit their portion sizes. For example, when you’re eating out, you could order just one appetizer or just share an entrée with your child..
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