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|Help for Overweight Kids|
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|Written by Alyson Kieda|
|Friday, 14 August 2009 06:51|
Statistics show that obesity is a serious problem for children in the United States. Approximately one in five children in the US are overweight or obese. Obesity is an excessive accumulation of body fat. It is present when total body weight is more than 25 percent fat in boys and more than 32 percent in girls. Alarmingly, studies show that obesity in children is on the rise.
Obese children have an increased risk of developing health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and early heart disease. Obesity also tends to lower self-esteem and affect peer relationships. And unfortunately, obese children have an increased risk of becoming obese adults. The most common causes for obesity are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating habits, or a combination of these.
What can be done? Plenty! See your pediatrician or family doctor if your child’s weight is a concern. He or she can give you practical advice. Encourage your child to eat a healthy diet by preparing balanced meals. Offer fruits and vegetables for snacks instead of sweets and fatty foods such as chips. Model healthy eating. And encourage your child to get more exercise. Go to the park or beach. Take a family walk or bike ride. And limit TV and video games.
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Help for Overweight Kids
Friday, 14 August 2009
Statistics show that obesity is a serious problem for children in the United States. Approximately one in five children in the US are overweight or...
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