The problem of childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Most people do not know the actual definition of obese. Children that are a few pounds overweight are not “obese”. Yes, they may have a tendency to gain weight more easily, but obese children are characterized by at least a 10 percent higher weight than what is recommended for the height and body type. Obesity usually begins around the age of 5 to 6 years old.
Most people know that obesity is often a biological issue passed down through by genetics. If your family is affected by obesity, here are a few tips to help tackle weight problems early on in your child’s life:
– During infancy, try breastfeeding and delay introduction of solid foods as this may help prevent obesity.
– In early childhood, children should be given healthful, low-fat snacks and take part in vigorous physical activity every day. Their television viewing should be limited to no more than seven hours per week (which includes video games and the Internet).
– Older children can be taught to select healthy, nutritious foods and to develop good exercise habits. Their time spent watching television and playing with computer or video games should be limited to no more than seven hours each week.
Take a look at these shocking weight facts :
- Consumption of just 100 calories (the equivalent of 8 ounces of a soft drink) above daily requirements will typically result in a 10-pound weight gain over one year.
- Overweight / Obesity can be caused by some drugs such as hormones, steroids, as well as psychoactive drugs like traditional antidepressants
- Obesity is believed to be responsible for 5% of cancer cases