Childhood obesity has become a pandemic of our time. In the last several decades, the percentage of overweight children and adolescents has more than doubled.
Children with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to the 95th percentile for gender and age are considered overweight. The number of children who meet this criteria is growing each year in the U. S.
Risks of obesity are both mental and physical in nature. Besides low self esteem and social insecurity, physical problems abound, including high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, health complications and shorter life span.
Predisposing factors include genetics, high carbohydrate, high fat diets and sedentary lifestyles and preoccupation with television, video games and computers. Lack of regular exercise is a core contributing element as well.
Solutions must start at home but continue for children throughout the day. This means a large scale commitment to promote healthier choices in foods, increased exercise and a shift in our 21st century sedentary lifestyles.
Modeling health and wellness for our kids is a mandate that each and every one of us has today. Whether we are a parent, teacher, Cub scout leader, church volunteer, we MUST set the example for our children to get healthy and stay healthy.
Making corrective efforts many times requires energy, effort and sincere love for our children, but with patience the ending results more than make up for the difficult challenges you'll probably encounter. How satisfied we become in seeing childhood obesity resolved.
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