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CHILDREN (II)

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

 As 4,000 children die everyday for a lack of food in this article we will cover overeating.

 Childhood obesity is a serious problem since to a great percentage the obese child will be an obese adult, with all the consequences of obesity.

 This is a normal mass corporal table for children.

Age (years)

Boy

Girl

2

16.4

16.4

3

16

15.7

4

15.7

15.4

5

15.5

15.1

6

15.4

15.2

7

15.5

15.5

8

15.8

15.8

9

16.1

16.3

10

16.3

16.8

11

17.2

17.5

12

17.8

18

13

18.2

18.6

14

19.1

19.4

15

19.8

19.9

16

20.5

20.4

17

21.2

20.9

18

21.9

21.3

 Approximately 25% to 28% of children present childhood obesity but what has become the most worrisome thing is that in the last 20 years it has increased almost 60% more.

 Childhood obesity has a genetic predisposition and we must add the following factors:

 A lack of adequate information on nutrition for parents

 Information about junk food in the media

 The mistake in stimulating children on a basis of any food high in calories

 Trying to compensate the physical absence of the parents through foods high in calories

 The lack of an exercise program for children

 The lack of promotion of healthy nutrients in the school stores

 The indiscriminate increase of fast food restaurants

 The time spent by children in front of TV

 The time that children spent on the computer or with interactive games


 The problem begins from the manner and type of food that the mother consumes before conceiving, continues in the form and type of food during pregnancy, the form and type of food during breast feeding, the first foods to the child and so on and so forth.

 The childhood obesity problem causes insecurity in the child and lowers his self esteem, school discrimination, social discrimination, easy fatigue, probable hypertension, probably hypercholesterolaemia, stretch marks and so on with many other factors.

 The important thing what we can do to prevent getting childhood obesity:

 Preach on the example

 Teach the child not to compensate nor gratify with food

 Always have handy fruit and/or vegetables so that the child may have easy access to it in case of hunger 

 Teach them to consume water or fruit drinks instead of sodas

 Motivate the child towards developing a programmed physical activity

 Do not forbid intake of high calorie foods but rather teach him that excessive use of same will cause problems

 Do not doing anything else while eating (watch TV, etc.)

 Do not force the child to go on a diet. It is better to talk to him about the subject in an effort to convince him

REMEMBER THAT IT IS MUCH EASIER TO PREVENT OBESITY THAN TO TRY TO REMEDY IT


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