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Child Obesity
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March 28, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Childhood obesity affects a child´s health and wellbeing and is one of the most serious public health issues in the 21st century. Overweight children not  only suffer from discrimination and teasing but suffer from life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, sleep problems, eating disorders, skin infections and asthma among many others.

The problem is global. Three years ago, the number of overweight children under the age of five, was estimated to be over 42 million and nearly 35 million of these children are living in developing countries. The World Health Organization has made diet and physical activity a public health priority. To find out more about this program click here.

As parents we should remember that children who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and contributes to a shorter lifespan. Any of these reasons should be enough to become aware of the causes and the ways you can help your child from becoming overweight.

Causes

Childhood obesity can be caused by a variety of factors: psychological (low self-esteem, depression…), genetics, cushing syndrome, blood type, bad eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle, among others.

How to know if my child is overweight?

Your child´s doctor should be the person who determined if your child is overweight by measuring weight, height and body mass index. The sooner you take your child to the doctor, the easier it will be to win the battle.

Prevention

Be a role model. Remember that you are your children´s role model and as such, your children will imitate what you do. Take time to reflect on your own habits and your behavior with food and exercising.

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Changing the way you eat.  They say that you are what you eat. The healthier you eat, the happier and healthier you will be. Avoid the intake of fast foods, pre-cooked meals and candy as well the amount you eat. Remain positive about healthy food in front of your children by helping them find healthy yet delicious recipes, discovering new veggies and fruits.

Exercising.  If your child has a weight issue, make sure to encourage him to find a sport or outdoor activity he likes. If he doesn´t yet know, talk to him about all the possible alternatives. If he doesn´t seem likely to get involved in these activities, why not start by walking around the neighborhood several times a week? Remember to do it together and make it fun.

Be supportive. If your child is overweight, be supportive. Talk to him about his feelings towards his weight and let him know that he can change things around. Be encouraging and positive in order to help boost his self-esteem.

Involve the entire family. Even if your child is the only overweight family member, it is your responsibility to involve the entire family. If he needs to eat more veggies and exercise more, everyone else should.

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