Childhood obesity is a major public health problem. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 children (17%) in the United States suffers from obesity. Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes. They also have more risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal weight peers. Children with obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults. This can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems.
Childhood obesity is influenced by many factors. In the recent years, technology has had a huge impact on childhood obesity causing less physical activity. Another major problem is the ease of access to inexpensive high calorie foods and beverages.
It is important to provide your kids with healthier snack options like fruits and vegetables. Also limit screen time and encourage your children to go outside and play. Encourage your kids to drink water instead of sugary drinks. Be sure to check out Krista’s blog about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables.
Idea’s to help children maintain a healthy weight
CDC physical activity guidelines
Tips for proper nutrition
Rethink your drink
Matthew D’Antonio, PT, DPT
Pediatric Physical Therapist