Obesity & Health, Why is the Obesity Rate for Children Rising in America?
- Childhood Obesity has long-term effects on a child's health and wellbeing. There are several health risk that a child can face as a result of obesity.
Obesity in Children
In the U.S. Childhood Obesity has more than doubled in children ages 6-11years old. Obesity is a result of caloric imbalance which is too few calories burned for the amount consumed, according to The Center for Disease and Control Prevention.
It's important that our children receive at least 60minutes of exercise daily to prevent disease. If your child loves playing video games, you can find a variety of games that allow them to move their bodies an become more interactive.
Aerobic Activty should make up most of your child's 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. The CDC advises, moderate intensity aerobic activity, such as a brisk walk, or vigorous-intensity activity, such as running, or football. Be sure to include vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least 3 days per a week.
Parents Fight Childhood Obesity
More and more Americans are suffering from preventable diseases from what has been labeled a "Lifestyle Disease" that's epidemic for both adults and children. An alarming fact is that children are exhibiting health problems normally associated with middle age. The accelerated onset of Type 2 diabetes is the result of modern day lifestyle habits; that include consuming to many high-fat calories and not enough exercise -Virgina Department of Health.
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Diabetes in America
Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans. Over 40 million Americans have pre-diabetes(which often develops before type 2 diabetes). If your parent, brother,or sister has diabetes, you may be more likely to develop diabetes. Data from medlineplus.gov
High blood sugar levels can cause several symptoms, including:
- Blurry Vision
- Excess thrist
- Urinating often
- Weight loss
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Healthy Food Choices
As parents and caregivers we must provide healthy food choices for our children. This should include providing fruits and vegetables for meals. I found that when I let my children help me make fruit salads and juice they were more willing to eat healthy snacks. Letting your child help you chose new fruits and vegetables to try, will help them become interested in eating healthy without having to force them to eat vegetables.
Vegetables Tips for Children by Chosemyplate.gov, offers several great suggestions. Let children decide on the dinner vegetables or what goes into the salad. Depending on their age children can help shop for, clean, peel, or cut up vegetables. Use cut up vegetables as part of an afternoon snack.
Lets make eating healthy fun for kids:
- Go to the farmers market and try new fruits
- Visit a farm for fresh vegetables
- Take fruit to a nursing home to share
If you feel that you need help with finding ways to get your child to eat healthy foods and snacks you can always talk to your child's Pediatrician. This was very helpful for me with my children.Especially, if your child has know appetite, or has been complaining of feelings of sadness, or headaches. Talking to your child about school, friends, and after school activities to discuss any issues or concerns.
- Complaining of stomach pain
- Not having an appetite
- Making comments about weight or being overweight
- Not wanting to eat dinner with family-withdrawl
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Diabetes and Obesity
Until recently, the common type of diabetes in children and teens was type 1. It was called Juvenile Diabetes. With Type 1 diabetes the pancres does not make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose, or sugar, get into your cells to give them energy. Without insulin, too much sugar stays in the blood.
But now, younger people are also getting type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes. However, now it is becoming more common in children and teens, due to obesity. Research conducted by Medline Plus Medical, www.nlm.nih.gov
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