Effects of Childhood Obesity

The effects of childhood obesity is becoming a major issue in today’s society. The number of children who are now obese is continually on the rise. In fact, the number of instances of childhood obesity has more than tripled within the past thirty years. Statistics show that between sixteen and thirty-three percent of our children and adolescents today are obese. What causes childhood obesity? How does it affect our children physically, mentally and long-term? Is there any way for this condition to be treated? This article will discuss all of these issues in detail. Knowledge is power. The more we know about childhood obesity, the better we will be able to address it. Continue reading

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Asthma and sleep apnea caused by Obesity

Asthma and sleep apnea are very common problems that are associated with childhood obesity. Obesity may lead to many diseases in a child which includes hear problems, lung problems, type 2 diabetes, Asthma, sleep apnea and social discrimination. Some recent studies have identified the association between obesity and asthma/sleep apnea.

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Overweight children in America

Sometimes, the numbers are something that we don’t want to see or know. But unfortunately, they have a story to tell, which it began almost 35 years ago: an estimated 17 % of the children in America are already overweight. The period 1976-1980 and 2007-2008, the percentage of obesity among preschool children aged 2-5 increased from 5.0% to 10.4% and from 6.5% to 19.6% among those aged 6-11. Continue reading

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Food guide pyramid for kids

Healthy eating is not a static thing but rather a dynamic and flexible procedure, where we take under consideration a lot of variables. In simple words it means eating a wide variety of healthy and nutritious foods selected from the entire daily food groups, in conjunction with the needs of our body (whether it is a boy or an adult).These food types that we will analyze next include plenty of vitamins, minerals and fiber that are vital for our body’s proper function. Consuming from numerous sources foods filled with all the helpful ingredients will help you grow, you and your kids as well, healthier and illness-free. Continue reading

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Kids And Television-Video Games

Isn’t so hard to handle when you know that your child is suffering from weight problems? It is the reason why most parents prefer to engage their children in various types of fitness programs. Childhood obesity has several implications to the body. The one of them, who commonly encounter this type of health problem, normally have reduced self-esteem. Did you know that watching television or playing video games for many hours may lead to weight gain, more that your kid would wish?  This is definitely true and you should avoid this instantly. Read the succeeding paragraphs and identify how it contributes to weight gain and childhood obesity. Continue reading

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Childhood Obesity Statistics

Let’s continue and uncover a lot more facts and statistics about childhood obesity. It can be difficult for many of us to accept them, but unfortunately it is the truth. A truth that will consolidate if we don’t act now:

  • Almost 75 percent of parents with an obese child could not identify that their kid was overweight but appear normal in their eyes.
  • Three out of ten mothers and six out of ten fathers treated their childs’weight as normal when, the truth was that these kids were at an unhealthy weight. Continue reading
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Big food portions can lead to Obesity?

In nowadays it’s easy for everyone to see that portion sizes are expanding with a rapid pace. Doctors and dietary experts often recommend having an extra awareness for the amount of the food they are eating, which seems to be raised drastically over the last 20 years.

Beginning from the decade of 80′s, sizes of packaged foods started increasing, as it began as an effort by food vendors who seek to gain a greater piece of the market than their competitors. By doing that, they was advertised the concept that it was good for them when with the same amount of money they could buy larger quantities of food. And so consumers, targeting the best for their money, began to combine the money spent in relation to the amount of food and not the quality of this. Continue reading

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Childhood Obesity Facts – The harsh truth

Obesity usually affects adults and the recent years have seen an upsurge of the phenomenon and the children. The truth is that throughout the world the phenomenon of childhood obesity is alarming since the children with complications similar to those of adults, threatening many times their own lives. Listed below you can find a list of facts, which are an indisputable witness of the seriousness of the situation. The conclusions are yours to consider:

  • 60% of children between 5 to 10 years old that happen to be obese have a minimum of one risk factor for heart problems and 25% of them have a greater number (two or more) Continue reading
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Bodyweight and High blood pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is usually a disorder that, in most cases, is related with older people. But it is known that kids can be facing this illness as well, and in some cases from a very early age (even as infants). The rate at which the disease is increasing among children worries experts, who point out the relationship between childhood obesity and high blood pressure. Actually, if we tried to rank all the factors that cause high pressure, undoubtedly obesity would be in the top three. That is why doctors often declare that childhood obesity can lead to high blood pressure levels with disastrous results. Continue reading

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High cholesterol and Obese Children

High cholesterol levels are closely related with your obese child and the problems that may occur, such as disease of the artery and heart attack. These problems usually occur at older ages, but because of specific conditions causing the extra weight, they begin to appear at an earlier age. This might be traumatic news and don’t easy to accept to the mother and father who don’t want to think that their child’s arteries have no differences from those of a middle-aged man. Continue reading

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