According to the WHO, the number of obese infants and children from ages 0 to 5 years increased from 32 million globally in 1990 to 41 million by the year 2016. These numbers are far too high, and that is why September has been deemed Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is purposed to call out the issue, combatting it through education and overall awareness.
When children and adolescents struggle with obesity, they are much more likely to develop a variety of potentially serious health problems as they mature, including:
Childhood obesity can also be linked to:
Childhood obesity is a complex health issue, with contributing factors ranging from genetics to behaviors. On the behavior front, consuming high-calorie and low-nutrient foods and beverages, the use of some medications, and poor sleep routines can contribute to excessive weight gain and childhood obesity. Lack of physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle can also be a contributor.
On the other hand, consuming healthy foods and maintaining a healthy level of physical activity can help children grow properly and maintain a healthy body weight. It’s important to strike a balance between calories consumed and expended. These conscientious behaviors can also help prevent certain chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers too.
Tips for Keeping Your Child Healthy:
Remember that small changes each day can lead to big differences in better health! If you are concerned about your child’s weight, be sure to talk with your Galen pediatrician for guidance and support. We are always here to help!