Childhood Obesity – The Physical Effects

We parents want what’s best for our children. We’re careful about immunizations, we take them to the dentist and eye doctor regularly. We don’t plan for childhood obesity to be a problem, but it happens. This article is about why we need to tackle the problem.

High Blood Pressure: Obesity does not discriminate on age when obesity is involved. There are children who have to take medication to control their blood pressure and it’s a growing trend. High blood pressure can cause kidney problems, heart disease and strokes. If it’s not found early those problems will happen at a much younger age than most of us think.

High Cholesterol: After blood pressure, this is a given. In fact, under the right conditions children should start having their cholesterol checked as early as two. Children as young as ten are finding themselves taking medications for this problem.

Diabetes: Most of us reco

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Why Whole Foods Can Help Your Child Avoid Childhood Obesity

You’ve heard it before – you are what you eat. And while this is just a statement, it is surprisingly true. What we feed our children will impact them for the rest of their lives. If we feed our children healthy foods, they will grow to be healthy. If, however, we feed our children fatty foods, they will grow to be obese. If your child is on their way to childhood obesity, start changing the way they eat now! A whole foods diet can help your child to avoid childhood obesity. To find out how, continue reading this article. Throughout the article we will discuss the many ways that a whole foods diet can keep your child at a healthy weight and in a healthy state.

If we want to know how a whole foods diet can help prevent childhood obesity, we must first understand what factors contribute to weight gain. Let’s speak about some of these factors, beginning with calories.

As we all know, when we are on a diet, we are supposed to count our calories. This is b

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Gardening’s Effect on Childhood Obesity

When we were growing up every member of the family had a garden. Some of us had more than one. They weren’t tiny flower beds. Some were about the size of a football field. It didn’t occur to us that helping in the garden was good for us, but it was.

Exercise: A 70 pound child can burn between 95 and 127 calories gardening for one hour. It is considered a cardio workout as well, so doing this at least three days a week is a healthy amount of exercise.

Muscle Groups: Working in a garden can employ many muscle groups. Weeding requires fine motor skills as does many types of harvesting. Kids that are old enough to use a hoe or hand tiller use larger muscle groups.

Fresh Air: Only one of the family gardens was in a town. In fact, three of them were well outside of city limits, including the farm we lived on. We were outside in the fresh air. After living in a suburb for more than thirty years I can tell y

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The Connection Between Technology And Childhood Obesity

Today, it is hard to imagine life without a computer or television and other electronic gadgets that have become so commonplace since the advent of modern technology that it is leaving us and our children with little time to enjoy nature and the outdoors. Not so long ago, parents derived much pleasure from seeing their kids cavorting in the outdoors beneath the sun or climbing trees and remaining somewhat more active than the kids of today who have found a virtual world in which to remain engrossed. Thus, technology and childhood obesity are closely related because we have now become accustomed to having our eyes glued to the computer screen or television screen and are otherwise taken up with different forms of electronic entertainment.

Boob-Tube And More Boob-Tube

The new lifestyle that has taken over our children’s lives leaves little time for them to exercise, go out and remain otherwise active and it is far removed from the lifestyle our parents enjoyed many

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Preventing Your Child From Becoming Obese

Obesity has become a significant problem befalling most Americans, and much worse, children have become the latest victims of obesity. Did you know that approximately 43% of children in the United States are obese? Well, it is a shocking development, but that is only an indication that parents need to take extra care to prevent their children from becoming obese. Fortunately, the condition of obesity is one that can be managed and prevent you from saving your doctor’s phone number on speed dial.

Preventing child obesity is just a matter of monitoring your child’s diet and engaging them in physical activities. Firstly, it is important to note that obesity is mostly a diet problem. You should avoid giving your child a lot of sugary or fatty snacks and always try to give your child foods low on cholesterol. Your child’s foods should consist of vegetables, whole-grains, and fruits. You might also consider providing some dairy products for your child. Too much fo

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Fighting Childhood Obesity in America With A Hula Hoop

Remember how fun hula hooping was when you were a kid. It didn’t matter whether you were a boy or a girl, it was fun. Bet you never thought about how beneficial it was to your health at that time while you were doing it. You were just playing. Try to do it now and see how well you do it or how long you last. This was the challenge given to me by one of my daughters a while back. I had no idea what I was in for. Even as a healthy adult I stunk at it… And I used to be good. I can bench 320 lbs but could not hula hoop more than 2 or 3 rotations. It whooped my tale. It’s because I kept trying over and over and over. And then it dawned on me, a hula hoop provides an explosive core workout.

My challenge for all of you is to have your kids put down the remote or game controller for 30 minutes every day and offer challenges to them with a hula hoop. Make it fun and exciting. Kids love a challenge and you will too. Hooping on a regular basis is a great way to narrow

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Childhood Obesity: Simple Changes, Big Rewards

A wise man – or woman – once said that “it’s the small things in life that matter.” This philosophy could not ring more true than when applied to one’s health and wellness. There is no one thing that, if done (no matter how consistently), will assure good health. Rather, it’s the culmination of many single, relatively small behaviors that, all-together and over time, will foster a healthy body.

With this in mind, I’m often asked what choices my family makes relative to nutrition and fitness that keeps us all healthy and fit. My specific answer to this enduring question often varies, but always simply conveys easy ways to make healthy options the norm in a family’s daily routine rather than the exception – and without the family feeling any sense of loss or deprivation.

What, you ask, might some of these sure-fire yet simple success strategies be? Read on, my friend, for some oh so easy ways to make health

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3 Ways Childhood Obesity Can Affect Learning

A study out of the Medical University of South Carolina found a link between adolescent obesity and decreased learning. And because adolescents are still in the developing stage, losing weight may be able to at least stop the trend and even possibly reverse it to some extent.

One decrease in learning, as evidenced by IQ test scores, is due to a condition known as adolescent sleep apnea. Just like in adults, obese children with this condition actually stop breathing while sleeping. While each episode may only last up to 10 seconds, it can occur hundreds of times each night in a child with this condition.

Studies have found the decrease in learning is due to two results from breathing cessation: lack of oxygen to the brain and lack of quality sleep. When the child is not breathing, oxygen is not getting in the lungs, entering the blood stream and being distributed to the brain. With a lack of oxygen over time, injury to existing brain tissue can occur along with affectin

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A Look At The Short And Long Term Effects Of Childhood Obesity

Most parents are not overly concerned about their young children being overweight. They tend to dismiss it as “puppy fat” – something that will melt away in time as their children grow. Is that right or is childhood obesity something to worry about? While in some cases, this may happen, it is not necessarily true. Some children find it difficult to lose that excess weight and very often they grow up to be overweight teens and adults.

Several studies that have been done have reached some significant conclusions about childhood obesity and its short and long term results.

How Obesity Affects Children In The Short And Long Term

In the short term, children who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for a wide range of ailments including but not restricted to the following:

• Cardiovascular disease

• High blood pressure

• Sleep apnea

• High cholesterol


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How Do We Fight Childhood Obesity?

Obesity is one of the fastest growing diseases to affect children today. Being an overweight child can contribute to many other health issues. The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined that there is a high probability that an overweight child will become an overweight adult. It is the job of our local communities and national organizations to educate and prevent future health problems stemming from Obesity from occurring.

Diseases, such as Hypertension and Diabetes, have been directly linked to Obesity. Other disorders, like Hypothyroidism and Asthma can also contribute to Obesity in children. If their thyroid gland if not functioning correctly, then their overall body functioning will be decreased. A respiratory disorder can also decrease the proper functioning of the human body, causing children to breath with difficulty and move sluggishly. If children are too tired to exercise or complete their daily activities, they will gain weight. An overweight child has proba

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