Childhood Obesity

Description:
The number of clinically obese children has tripled since 1960 and with that increase also comes an increased likelihood of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. Fast food has found a foothold in our fast paced lifestyle, and watching TV and sitting in front of the computer has replaced the more physical activities of decades ago.

Medical Risks:

  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Improper bone and muscle development


Tips to combat childhood obesity:

  • Eat fewer high fat, low nutrition foods
  • Read food labels and provide healthy choices for your children
  • Provide daily fruits and vegetables for your children. Expose them to a wide variety of food.
  • Make sure your children get at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity per day.
  • Limit TV and computer usage to two hours per day.
  • Have healthy snacks pre made. In today's world of instant gratification a child is far less likely to cut up fruit or cheese and crackers and pour a healthy drink than they are to grab a can of soda and an individually packaged cupcake. Have healthy snacks ready for them.