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Obesity & Health, Why is the Obesity Rate for Children Rising in America?

Updated on March 16, 2015
  • 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.
  • Cancer
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular
  • Arthiritis

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.

Spending time with your child and talking about healthy food choices is a great way to prevent childhood obesity.
Spending time with your child and talking about healthy food choices is a great way to prevent childhood obesity. | Source

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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Daily play and exercise can help fight childhood obesity
Daily play and exercise can help fight childhood obesity | Source

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

High blood sugar levels can cause several symptoms, including:

  • Blurry Vision
  • Excess thrist
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger
  • Urinating often
  • Weight loss
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Daily play and exercise at least 60 minutes a day can help fight childhood obesity
Daily play and exercise at least 60 minutes a day can help fight childhood obesity | Source

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, 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

Spending time together as a family, and making meal choices together
Spending time together as a family, and making meal choices together | Source

Healthy Living

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,

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    • Carol McCullough profile image

      Success In Life 2 years ago from U.S.

      Thank you for your support!

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      So important to keep kids active.

      Great hub!

    • Carol McCullough profile image

      Success In Life 3 years ago from U.S.

      Thats true, I pack healthy snacks, so when the kids get hungry we don't have to order fast food all of the time. We live in such a fast pace world, an our lives are so busy its easier to stop an get fast food. If we try to pack a healthy lunch or snack ahead of time-keep a small cooljer in the trunk of your car- It can become an easier task. Once I started doing that, I could see the positive outcome in my children's health, weight, digestive problems, and sleeping better.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      not only in usa but all over the world. Obesity in kids are rising too since fast food is their favorite food