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Childhood Obesity And How To Combat It!

With the increase in fast foods, plus the increase in electronics and the cyber world, childhood obesity has become nationally recognized.

This chronic condition has increased rapidly over the past years with many more children becoming the next generation of obese teens, and eventually obese adults seniors. With obesity being one of the leading causes of morbidity, disability, discrimination, and employment problems, it has become one of the biggest public problems, since tobacco use and exposure.

Bad eating habits are not the only culprit! Genetic diseases that can predispose children to become overweight cannot be forgotten; however, still playing a larger role in the general overall population is bad eating and exercise habits, which equals to poor lifestyle choices. Parents play a key role in standardizing lifestyle choices for their children.

Yes, we all get lazy! Including lazy with discipline!

Professionals are treating this as a major public health concern that is threatening to damage our most precious resources, the children. Introduction of healthy play, healthy food choices, and recreation that promotes physical activity is on the top of the list for discussion and plans of battling this epidemic.

The annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has come to the conclusion that as many as one-third of U.S. children are overweight or at high risk for childhood obesity. The health problems that will begin to manifest themselves from the heavy weight of such young children will start kids down a road with problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and increased risks of diabetes. These are diseases usually reserved to adults, not children.

Combating this troubling condition must however, begin at home with the caregivers for these children! Improving overall diet, not dieting, and exercise is the key to resolving the problem. Protecting childrens health now and in the future will depend greatly on education of parents and caregivers to implement healthy daily living strategies.

Parents and guardians of children do have help!

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Preventing an at-risk child from becoming overweight can start a process of healthy and active lifestyles to ensure longevity and energy throughout the childs life. Little things such as: not getting into power struggles with the child over food, never use food as a behavior modification tool, and setting a good example are some starting places. This only perpetuates the same behavior and may cause psychological behaviors that are unwanted.

Emphasizing what is positive and benefits of changing behavior can make all of the difference in the world. Just fostering the childs natural inclination to please you, have fun, and explore are perfect opportunities to introduce fitness routines, and reduce such incidents, like eating out of boredom. If these things are done with every child in danger of becoming obese, the numbers suffering will likely decrease!

Therefore, you should always keep in mind the health of yourself and your children. By keeping in shape yourself and displaying a good diet, you can impress upon them the importance of being a health-oriented individual. These habits will stay with them for all of their lives! You will also have quite a few benefits from eating healthy and slimming down. If you shed your extra weight, you will feel much better about yourself!

It is time to moderate cell phone use, video games and most electronic devises. These have all become babysitters for your children.

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Terry Allison

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