Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or well-being. Childhood obesity has many adverse side effects and is recognized as one of the most serious health issues in the world.
Obesity during childhood can harm the body in a variety of ways.
Children who are overweight or obese are more likely to have:
•High blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
•Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.
•Breathing problems, such as asthma and sleep apnea.
•Joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort.
•Fatty liver disease, gallstones, and gastro-esophageal reflux.
•Psychological problems such as anxiety and depression.
•Low self-esteem and lower self-reported quality of life.
•Social problems such as bullying.
As parents and caregivers, we are responsible for providing an
environment which supports a healthy lifestyle .
Let’s encourage a healthy lifestyle by:
Being a positive role model for healthy eating. The number one culprits are highly processed and sugary foods and drinks.
Providing a calm, reassuring atmosphere at regular meal and snack times.
Set appropriate limits on screen entertainment like television, tablets and video games.
Find a sport or other physical activities your child and/or whole family enjoys. Make it a part of your lifestyle.
Help children develop and maintain a positive body image.
Our choices for our children will be a part of their future.
As always, I am available for appointments to answer your questions and concerns.
Please feel free to contact me at Healthy Kids Care .
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