Help Your Children Prevent Obesity

Edited by Debbie, Charmed, Sadelape, Rose B and 6 others

JulMol prevent obesity.png

Did you know that 22 million children under the age of five are overweight? A national survey reported that one in three kids are overweight or obese. In the last three decades, obesity has more than tripled in the U.S. in children from ages 6 to 11. A pediatric surgeon commented that this may be the first generation to die before their parents do, from the problems of obesity.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Obesity.jpg

What are the complications of being overweight? A person's blood pressure rate can go up, and diabetes and heart troubles are common. Thirty percent of boys and 40 percent of girls born in the U.S. in the year 2000 have a lifetime risk of being identified with obesity related type 2 diabetes.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Ad

Contributing factors

  1. 1
    Genetics
    Child obesity.jpg
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Hormonal Causes
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Eating too much
    Eatingtoomuch.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Not getting enough exercise
    Notgettingexercise.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Working parents are so busy that they don't have enough time or the energy to make nutritious meals. A lot of times when they come through the door after a hard day's work, they bring in bags of fast food.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Fastfood.jpg

One study reported nearly a third of all kids in the U.S. age four to 19 eat take out food every day. These foods can be very high in sugar and fat and come in large sizes. Also, soda pop seems to be consumed more than milk and water. Just a 20-ounce drink a day can make you gain 25 pounds in a year!

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

What are the causes of obesity in children?

  1. 1
    Genetics.
    Children who have parents who are obese have a high risk of being obese too.
    Eat right.jpg
    There are also gene disorders that lead to obesity in children. These children should be checked by their physicians to reduce the risk of being obese.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Lack of or Inadequate Physical Activity.
    Gone are the days when children go out and play all the time. Children nowadays spend a lot of time using their gadgets, just sitting or lying down. They spend a lot of hours in front of their laptops. They also watch TV for hours. Lack of physical activity won't burn the calories taken in so they become overweight or obese.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Too Many Junk Foods and Unhealthy Foods.
    Foods bought in the fast food chains and restaurants are not healthful. They contain lots of sodium, fats, sugar and calories. If these kinds of foods are taken in frequently, children are at risk. It is best to prepare their food so that you can watch out for their food intake.
    Junk-Food.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Poor Eating Habits.
    There should be a specific time when to eat. Children should be taught early on the importance of eating on time. Eating a balanced diet at the right time is the best way to attain a normal weight. Eating beyond the normal time may lead to increased food consumption. Parents should eat with their children so that they can be guided on what food to eat.
    Balanced-Diet(1).jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

What conditions are obese children at risk for?

Obese children are at risk for several diseases such as:

  1. 1
    Diabetes.
    Children may develop high sugar levels in their blood. Children who are obese are now at risk of Type 2 Diabetes, which is commonly diagnosed on adults.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    High Cholesterol.
    Aside from high sugar level in blood, obese children are also at risk for high cholesterol because of the food they eat.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    High Blood Pressure.
    Obese children are found to have higher blood pressure than other children at their age.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Bone problems.
    Foot structure and back pains.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Eating disorders.
    Obese children tend to overeat and have uncontrolled hunger.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    Early heart diseases.
    They develop heart diseases early because the heart is forced to pump more blood to the body.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    Sleeping disorders.
    They have difficulty in sleeping as they experience breathing problems. Snoring is also a sign.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

How to know if my child is overweight

To know if your child is overweight, you have to compute for his or her Body Mass Index (BMI). Once you get the percentile, you will have to interpret it using the table for children based on the age and gender-specific BMI table or BMI-for-age. To compute the BMI, get the weight of your child in kilograms and height in meters. You will have to divide the weight by the height, which is squared. You can also make use of weight in pounds and height in inches but you will have to multiply the weight in pounds by 703 and divide it by the height in inches, which is squared too.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Bmi-chart.gif

If the BMI percentile is ranging from the fifth to 85th percentile, he may be considered to have a normal weight. But if it is above the 85th percentile, he may be overweight or obese.

This is just a first gauge to know if your child is overweight or obese. To make sure you get the most accurate assessment, you can take the data with you and check with your pediatrician. He or she can assess if your child is overweight or not and if he is at risk for certain diseases associated with obesity.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

What parents can do

  1. 1
    Buy and serve more fruits and veggies than fast food.
    Fruitsandvegies.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Limit soda and sugary snack foods, and offer water or low fat juice drinks.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Bake, broil, or steam food instead of pan frying.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Make smaller portions of food.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Do not skip breakfast.
    Breakfast.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    Try to do physical activities such as bike riding, playing ball, and jumping rope.
    Physical Activity.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    Have chores for your children to do to keep them active.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  8. 8
    Make sure you set a good example in eating healthy and exercising.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  9. 9
    If you try your best to make a regular routine of healthy habits for your family, this will become a way of life to your children and into adulthood.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Shield Your Child from Obesity

The training for a healthy and fit lifestyle should start at home. However, with the proliferation of numerous external or environmental influences, more and more children are getting overweight and obese. Although the consequences of unhealthy lifestyle and obesity will only take a toll when the children become adults, it is necessary to inculcate with them the importance of health and wellness at an early age. When obese or overweight children grow older, they will be more prone to illnesses and complications.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Obesity in children has been highlighted as one of the leading perpetrators of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes during the older years. Psychological implications or consequences of obesity also include low self-esteem, stress and sadness. As parents, it is also your responsibility to ensure that your children will grow up to be healthy adults. Here is a rundown of tips and actions you should take to shield your kids from obesity.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  1. 1
    Train your kids on healthy eating habits.
    Healthy family.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Your kids' eating habits can be the major determinant on whether your kid will grow healthy or will become obese. Foods containing essential nutrients should always be part of their meals. Whether processed or home-cooked, food items that will be served to your kids should be checked for both their nutrient and calorie contents. Pediatricians have always emphasized that children tend to have a natural liking for sweets and dislike for vegetables. As a mother, you should be creative in preparing these dishes. There will always be a way to make nutritious dishes more taste-appealing to kids. You can find several kid-friendly healthy recipes in cookbooks, food magazines and food websites. You do not need to deprive them of their craving for sweets, but their intake of calorie-rich temptations should be controlled. Introduce fruits to them during their sweet cravings. Your dairy products should also be low-fat. Never leave protein out of the menu. Sugar-sweetened beverages should be minimized and should just be a treat, instead of being a staple drink. Instead, train your kids to drink lots of water.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  1. 1
    Support your kid's active lifestyle.
    Encourage your kids to get into sports.
    Sports.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

This will not only help them be healthy and fit, but will also teach them numerous life skills, such as socialization, respect and teamwork. As gadgets are gaining control over people's lives in this modern age, kids have also started to resort to a sedentary lifestyle. Bring your kids to regular physical activities. The positive effects of an active lifestyle are not only physical in nature. Being active has also been tagged as an effective morale booster and stress reliever. Likewise, physical activities can also be opportunities for family bonding. You can bring your whole family to the park and do brisk walking. Limit sedentary time in front of the television, computer and other gadgets to two hours or less a day.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  1. 1
    Be a model of healthy lifestyle.
    All your efforts in training your kids to live a healthy life will be futile and in vain if your own lifestyle contradicts what you are teaching them. You should always bear in mind that children learn best by modeling. They tend to emulate and follow what they see in the significant people around them, especially from their parents. Start saying goodbye to your unhealthy vices, such as smoking and drinking. If you want to encourage your kids to get into sports, you should have your own favorite sports too.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

    Advertisement

Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Keep your refrigerator and cupboards filled with healthy snacks.
  • Keep busy doing fun outdoor activities with your children.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.




Krazeeme3
Premier Author
142 Articles Started
489 Article Edits
11,800 Points
Krazeeme3 is a premier author with VisiHow. Krazeeme3 has achieved the level of "Gunnery Sergeant" with 11,800 points. Krazeeme3 has started 142 articles (including this one) and has also made 489 article edits. 586,000 people have read Krazeeme3's article contributions.
Krazeeme3's Message Board
Krazeeme3: Hi, my name is Krazeeme3.
Krazeeme3: Can I help you with your problem about "Help Your Children Prevent Obesity"?
 

Article Info

Categories : Parenting

Recent edits by: Kathleen, estrella sacragon, Anonymous

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 3,868 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article
x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No