Child Obesity and the Importance to Lose Weight

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The World Health Organization (WHO), a well-entrenched health organization in the United Nations, is a leading authority to listen to when it says that the obesity rates of the whole world is reaching epidemic proportions. In its major findings on the obesity epidemic, of the top 10 countries that have the most obese or overweight populations, while most countries are in North America, Europe, and the Southern Hemisphere, the number two country, China, is an Asian world economic power.

More than 20 percent of children all over the world are now diagnosed with being overly obese or overweight. According to further findings by the WHO in conjunction with the American Obesity Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), 6 to 19 percent of children all over the world will eventually die at an early age of high blood pressure, gallstone complications, diabetes, and heart disease.

Unless these children are made to lose weight, and fast, their health fate will be determined by their sedentary lifestyles, overeating, eating too much processed foods, and having little or no physical activity whatsoever. Undoubtedly, technology also plays a contributing factor in the increase of obesity among children and pre-teens such as computer and gadget use, video games, and cable television. Most children and pre-teens today get less than an hour of physical activity each day.

If parents are really serious about having their children lose weight or to become healthier, they can do the following:

  • Never nag children about going on a diet, to exercise, or to lose weight.
  • Don’t use food for reward or punishment.
  • Kids are led by example, so if parents eat unhealthily, so will the children.
  • When dieting is concerned the whole family needs to be involved.
  • Teach children to initially like vegetables and healthy food by transforming them into pizzas, meatloaf, or smoothies.
  • Steer children away from fast food joints and processed foods in the supermarket.
  • Involve the whole family in activities like exercising, running, hiking, martial arts, or sports in general.
  • Encourage your children to drink lots of water instead of soda or sugary drinks.
  • Don’t allow your children to watch more than 2 or 3 hours of television in a day.
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