• Basics of Childhood Obesity

     

    Body Mass index is a measurement used to determine if a child is overweight or obese. It is calculated using a child’s weight and height.

    Consequences of Childhood Obesity:

    High blood pressure and high cholesterol

    Risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, and Type2 Diabetes

    Breathing problems

    Joint problems

    Greater risk of Social and Psychological problems

    Causes: Poor diet, Inactivity and Genetics

    Healthy Eating Habits: Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grain products.Encourage your kids to drink lots of water and limit sugar sweetened beverages. Limit intake of sugar and saturated fats.

    Help keep kids active!!! Children should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

    Limit TV,Video Games, and Computer Time

    Parents need to be a positive role model.

    http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/basics.html

    http://www.heart.org

    http://teenshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/weight_center.html