Since 1970 the population of children who are obese has tripled in America, and with this trend spreading rapidly there will be over 60 million obese kids by 2020. An obese child is one whose weight is beyond the average weight of kids in his or her age group. The information below guides you on how to take care of a child with obesity and how to prevent your child from getting obese.

There are various reasons why children become overweight. Here are the most common reasons:

 

Genetics and predispositions

Unhealthy food Choices

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Lack of physical exercises

Genetics is is a major contributing factor. If there is a history of obesity in a family, the child is likely to be overweight. Overweight children are likely to become an overweight adult in future. This exposes them to health risks such as depression, bone problem, diabetes, and skin diseases.

Steps to taking care of an obese kid

As a guardian, you play a vital role in your child’s overall health. To find out if you child calculate their body mass index (BMI), use the charts that are availed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can help your child by

  • Develop a healthier lifestyle – Explain to your child what it means to live a healthier lifestyle. This equips them to make healthier choices even in your absence. You also become a role model.
  • Ensure they participate in physical activities for 30 minutes even when they are on holiday breaks.
  • Improve eating habits – take your child grocery shopping with you and encourage them to pick healthy foods. Avoid serving your child large portions of food in one sitting.
  • Encourage them to get enough rest.
  • Enroll in a weight-management program – this gives your child access to professionals who will monitor their weight loss and mitigate any dangers.

Obesity prevention

You can prevent your child being overweight by:

  • Engage your child in physical outdoor activities.
  • Establish rules on types of snack they can eat.
  • Learning how to measure calories in food and include more fruits and vegetables in their diet.

Every guardian’s top priority is a kid’s well being. Obesity increases health related medical emergencies in both kids and adults. Develop a healthier lifestyle for your family to minimize these risks. Enroll in a community weight-management program to help you take better care of your child who is overweight and also learn how to prevent it in future.