Child Obesity
7 Habits of Weight Loss

Child Obesity
It CAN be helped.

Child Obesity is a MAJOR problem in many places in the world.

In the U.S., it is estimated that 18% of all children are considered obese.
Check out the CDC's U.S. Obesity Trends 1985–2005
In Canada, it is estimated that 10 to 25% of all teenagers have weight problems.
Even in Zambia and Morocco, between 15 and 20 percent of 4-year-olds are obese.
According to the World Health Organization Around 30% of UK children are now considered to be overweight or obese.

The Mayo Clinic Says:

The incidence of childhood obesity is rapidly rising throughout the world. The obesity epidemic is especially evident in industrialized nations where many people live sedentary lives and eat more convenience foods, which are typically high in calories and low in nutritional value. In just two decades, the prevalence of overweight doubled for U.S. children ages 6 to 11 — and tripled for American teenagers. The annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about one-third of U.S. children are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. In total, about 25 million U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or nearly overweight.

The statistics vary slightly depending on whose research you are looking at.

Obesity is generally defined as "having too much body fat"

Which is slightly different than just being over weight.

Many authorities point to a number of factors that lead to these astounding increases over the last 20 - 30 years, but they all boil down to a lack of the development of the 7 habits proscribed throughout this site.

Very few children are obese due to medical issues or genetics.

Children today, exercise less, eat more unhealthy foods, and consume large quantities of sugar laden drinks compared to previous generations.

My Generation, was the beginning of these trends towards increasing child obesity.

We learned poor eating habits, had an ever growing availability of mass produced high fat foods with minimal nutrition, and made Coca-Cola and PepsiCo so wealthy that everyone felt they needed to jump on the bandwagon.

The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity
Gives a great description of the problem of child obesity.

Including risk factors for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, an increased chance of adult obesity, and poor self-esteem/depression.

Major causes include sedentary lifestyles that include too much TV, computer and video games.

How Do I know if my Child is Obese?

Well, if you calculate their Body Mass Index (BMI), and it shows serious chance of child obesity, talk to your pediatrician and have them assess whether your child is of a healthy weight.

How Can I help with Child Obesity?
  • Show them you love them and appreciate them regardless of their size. They need help, encouragement and support from you. They will get plenty of negative feedback from the rest of society.
  • Focus on their health and what's good about them.
  • Change your FAMILY's eating habits and start more energetic activities.
  • Be a good role model and set an example by eating properly and doing more physical activities. 
  • Turn Off the TV… The Henry Kaiser Family Foundation has a great paper on The Role of Media in Childhood Obesity
  • Help them maintain their current weight, as they grow in height to bring them into the 'norm' 
  • DO NOT put them on a Fad diet!
  • Get them to Drink water instead of Soda or Juice.
  • Have healthy snacks in the house.
  • Empty the cupboard and refrigerator of all the Heavily Processed foods that are high in fat, calories, and sugars.
  • Get them to eat Breakfast.
  • Cut down on Fast Food, and increase the amount of Home Cooked/Prepared meals.
  • Discuss their weight management with their Physician, and keep him/her involved.
What are the Health Effects of Child Obesity

(Provided by UC San Francisco Medical Center)

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Gallstones
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Choleterol
  • Lipid Problems
  • Liver Problems
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Trouble Sleeping

The University of Michigan Health Systems Agrees on Child Obesity
Your Child : Obesity and Overweight 

In Reality, It all comes down to taking control of how you live your life and developing the 7 Habits of Weight Loss.
Philip Kustner
 

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