is defined as weighing greater than what is generally
considered a healthy weight based on height. While some
children may be large-boned or have a genetic
predisposition to becoming overweight, nonetheless
obesity in children has become a pandemic in our
society. It is a dangerous prelude to health conditions
which may occur as a result of being overweight.
Here are some startling
statistics: In 2000, 15.3% of children ages 6-11, and
15.5% of adolescents ages 12-19 were overweight. Between
1999 and 2000, over 10 percent of younger preschool
children between the ages of 2 and 5 are overweight; up
7% from 1994. In addition, the National Health Center
for Statistics indicates that only 25% of young people
engage in some form of exercise; 25% do not exercise at
all; and the percentage of children who have been
defined as overweight has doubled since the 1970s.
We all know that obesity can cause health conditions such as diabetes; cardio vascular disease; cholesterol; high blood pressure; and sleep apnea. In addition, children who are obese have a much greater chance of continuing on this road as evidenced by another statistic which revealed that one third of overweight adults were obese as children.
In trying to determine how to counteract the obvious results of being an obese child, proper diet and exercise is a major factor. A child who maintains a healthy weight will less likely become overweight as an adult. However, there are other factors which contribute to a child becoming overweight, and we will explore these and other causes in this report. We will also discuss how we can help our children to maintain a healthy diet and engage in appropriate exercise.
truth is that childhood obesity 20 years ago was looked
upon as the child being healthy. No measures were taken
to control the weight gain. Today, however, society has
mandated that thin is in, and this is one of the factors
which contribute to childhood obesity. What does one
thing have to do with the other? Every child today is
exposed to TV commercials, magazines, and other forms of
propaganda which insist that to be thin is to be
accepted. If a child is overweight, an affect of this
societal acclamation may induce low self-esteem among
children. As a result the child will eat more and
Childhood obesity can have far reaching consequences. Fortunately, itís never too late to help your child establish new habits. With exercise and a balanced diet, children can grow into healthy, productive adults.
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