TIPS TO CONTROL OBESITY IN CHILDREN
Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents and Caretakers
Parents, guardians and caretakers should be aware of childhood obesity and the ways to control it. Childhood obesity leads to heart diseases like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It may also result in higher risk for development of childhood diabetes, bone and joint problems.
Some obese children may suffer from breathing problems viz. bronchitis and asthma. Significantly, obese children suffer from social and psychological problems viz. poor self-esteem, depression, lower social skills, higher stress and anxiety.
There are greater chances that obese children grow into obese adults. In children, the long-term effects of being obese include heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, liver disease, dementia and cancer.
Balance is the key to help children maintain a healthy weight. The two-way approach to put your child’s weight under control includes, cutting down on calories and fats, and have an active life.
Giving your child a diet filled with vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils and beans goes a long way towards encouraging healthy eating habits. Taking a lot of water, and limiting soft drinks and beverages will be of great help towards controlling your child’s obesity.
Children should avoid a sedentary life, which means to spend less time watching TV and playing video games. Children should be encouraged to have an active life. A moderate to intensive physical activity as part of daily regimen may include brisk walking, jumping rope, playing outdoor games, swimming and dancing.