Are you fearing the ill-effects of obesity in your child? Here are tips to help you.
Getting to the basics, a child is obese when his/ her BMI is above the 95th percentile. BMI stands for the Body Mass Index. Unlike adults, in children, BMI is counted based on their age, sex, height, and weight. You may want to check your child’s BMI, Click here to know if he/ she is obese.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report of 2014, 17% of US children are obese and the percentage is increasing as per the latest reports.
Causes of childhood obesity
A diet rich in refined grains, sugary drinks, and processed foods leads to obesity. It is also loaded with calories, chemicals and is low in nutrition.
These days, kids tend to skip a healthy breakfast. Research says skipping breakfast makes kids put on excess weight.
- Long screen time and lack of physical activity
These days, kids are more with TV than with outdoor games; adding to it are the mobile devices. Calories consumed and calories burned decide your weight. By being less physically active, kids are burning fewer calories than they are consuming.
As unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical activity are passing on to the generations, so is tendency to be overweight. It’s spreading via genes.
Obesity has a ton of ill-effects.
- It’s an invitation to lifestyle diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer. Unhealthy weight disturbs the healthy processes of human body and brings in diseases.
- It brings osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a disease wherein there are painful joints.
- It dulls down the child and hampers learning. Obesity brings stress, depression, and low self-esteem along.
4 tips for a healthy weight
- Actions are louder than words.
Your child learns a lot from you. Make sure you have a healthy diet rich in whole grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. They help you maintain an ideal weight.
- Small frequent meals
Encourage small, frequent meals. Keep healthy snacks handy and this avoids heading to unhealthy junk.
- Shop with your child
Go for a grocery shopping with your child and help them choose healthy. Kids are more likely to eat what they buy.
- Physical activity
Encourage kids to play outdoor games at least for an hour a day. Get them into the routine of early dinner and regular exercise.
Well begun is half done, but it’s never too late.