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Obesity in children

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Obesity means having too much of fat in the body. Obesity means having too much of fat in the body. It causes various diseases like asthma, respiratory disorders, sleep disorders.A

Obesity in children

Obesity means having too much of fat in the body.

Prevention of obesity in children:

  • Serve more fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid soft drinks and high-fat or high-calorie snack foods like chips, cookies and candy.
  • Make sure to give health breakfast daily.
  • Avoid all kind of fast foods.
  • Offer the child more of water or low-fat milk instead of fruit juices.
  • Avoid the amount of saturated and trans fats in the diet.
  • Plan healthy meals.
  • Avoid high-fat or high-sugar foods and beverages which is strongly marketed to kids.
  • Avoid the child eating while watching television.
  • Avoid the child spending more time for watching television, playing video games and being on computer.
  • Encourage the child to get up and move during commercials and discourage snacking while watching television.
  • Encourage the child for physical activities like riding cycle, jumping rope, dancing, climbing on a jungle gym, playing catch.
  • Encourage the child to join sports team or class like dance, soccer. Basket ball or gymnastics.
  • Involve the children in household chores like making beds, washing the car or vacuuming.

Risk factors of child hood obesity:

  • Diet: Regular intake of high-calorie foods like fast foods, bakery products like burgers, pizzas.
  • Regular intake of soft drinks, candy and desserts also contributes to weight gain. These foods are rich in sugar and calories.
  • Sedentary children are more prone for obesity
  • Socioeconomic status: Children from low-income back ground are at higher risk of becoming obese since the parents may lack time and resources to make healthy child eating and exercise.
  • Genetics: If there is a family history of obesity, the child will be more prone for excess of weight.
  • Psychological factors: Children try to over eat to cope up the problems with emotions like stress, boredom.

Test and diagnosis:

Complications of child hood obesity:

The obese children are more prone to:

It can also causes low self –esteem in children, behavioral, learning problems and depression in children.