Child Obesity Advice




In the UK and USA today, child obesity figures are the highest they have been in history. We must act now.

The best way to deal with this problem is to address the reasons and causes sooner rather than later. A four year old with a mild weight problem is much easier to help as opposed to a twelve year old with a chronic one.

You hold the key, as younger children particularly pre-teens can be positively influenced by their parents when it comes to sensible eating habits and exercise.

If you ignore your child's weight problem it can increase the risk of chronic medical conditions and severely impact on their social and emotional development, especially if they continue to be obese as adults.



These are some of the many health complaints an overweight child can experience.

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Breathlessness
  • Asthma
  • Gallstones
  • Sleep apnoea (breaks in breathing while asleep)

GET THE HELP YOU NEED

A doctor or health practitioner can evaluate how severe a weight problem is and will then be able to recommend a positive course of action. This will more than likely involve a tailor made weight management program or a referral to a registered dietitian who will be able to help you and your child work towards the correct nutrition goals.

Any kind of weight loss should be supervised by a doctor or dietitian and should focus on long term lifestyle changes, not quick fixes or crash diets. Be sure never to use slimming diets or marketed diet foods that are made for adults, as they are not appropriate for kids. Also be aware of plans that make unrealistic promises.

Dietitians can be a fantastic support to your family. They are extremely thorough and go back through your child's medical history, also looking at their current physical state including their BMI(body mass index) which indicates whether they are a healthy weight for their age and height.

Remember that helping your child to lose weight is something the whole family must get involved in. If everyone adopts healthier habits like more nutritious meals and more exercise, then it will make the overweight child feel less under the spotlight and far more likely to succeed at losing weight, as healthy living will be part of an every day routine.


RESOURCES

If you are looking for further advice and support regarding child obesity, then why not visit Healthier Generation. They have a cool free sticker chart to help encourage and track healthy activity in your children.



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