CHILDHOOD OBESITY

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Everyone loves chubby children but not many realize that they may not be healthy and may be overweight. Obesity is not a problem of developed countries but also of developing nations. Childhood obesity is not only a physical problem. Today more and more children are being diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension and other non-communicable diseases associated with overweight and obesity.

Causes

  1. Heredity

  2. Dietary patterns

  3. Lack of physical activity

  4. Socioeconomic status

  5. Parental indiscipline

  6. More attention to children

  7. Carelessness about family meals

  8. Casual attitude towards weight gain

  9. Misconceptions about health and fitness

  10. Overdependence on convenience foods

  11. Role of the media


TREATMENT

Childhood obesity is preventable problem but it requires immediate action to prevent progression of complications associated with obesity.

The various treatments of obesity in children and adolescents include:

  1. Role of a family - Treating obesity in children and adolescents differs from treatment in adults. Involving the family in a child’s weight management program is a key element to treatment. Treatment of childhood obesity is not accomplished by just dieting. You need to address multiple aspects of the child and the family’s lifestyle, nutrition and physical activity patterns. As a support system, family is important in ensuring weight management goals are met. It is not good for parents to think that:

  • Chubby children are healthy children

  • Heaviness runs in the family

  • Fat people are happy people

Therefore the right parental attitude along with correct knowledge about the health and well being of their children now and in the future, blended with the right mix of love, care and sacrifice can bring about positive results.

  1. Dietary factors –

  • For children, the pattern of food consumption has shifted from traditional balanced meals to fast foods.

  • A high fat diet is more energy dense than a high carbohydrate diet, but at the same time fatty foods are tempting because of their eye appeal, crispiness and a pleasant mouth feel.

  • A low dietary fiber intake is also associated with obesity.

  • Beverages taken along with fast foods contain large amounts of sugar and provide empty calories.

  • Frequent consumption of such meals leads to obesity.

So consult a nutritionist to understand healthy eating habits and how to implement them in the long term. Education on how to identify a healthy food, cut back on portions, understand the food pyramid and eat smaller bites at a smaller pace is generally the information given to a child’s eating habits.
 

  1. Physical activity –

  • Being physically active has become important in today’s world because of the technological barriers that stand in the way of physical activity patterns making life more and more remote controlled and sedentary.

  • It is important to engage children in indoor and outdoor activities. Families should set such example at home so that children do not feel lethargic and lazy.

  • Children should be engaged in one or two sports activities at school. It is recommended that children must be involved in 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

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