The Number One Cure for Childhood Obesity

It is no secret that childhood obesity is fast becoming an epidemic. Last estimated by statistics Canada in 2011; 1.6 million children were overweight or obese. When obesity levels rise, our children face a sick future. Chronic yet very preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer and Type 2 diabetes are increasingly becoming an everyday reality.

Self-sacrificing parents spend their precious time packing healthy lunches for kids while feeling too pressed for time to cook for themselves. Whilst they encourage participation in fun fitness activities for their kids, the parents themselves wait in the bleachers, sit on the sidelines, and prove that, for adults, a sedentary lifestyle is the norm.

Every aspect of a child’s personality is heavily influenced by what he or she sees and experiences from an early age. Eating and exercising habits are no different. That is why there is only one true cure for childhood obesity. Parents must lea

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Reducing Childhood Obesity With Home Cooking

If you are a parent, or are planning to become one, you can’t help but be concerned about the childhood obesity crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, childhood obesity has more doubled in the last three decades; for adolescents it has quadrupled. In real terms this means that over a third of children and adolescents are either overweight or obese. These are frightening statistics.

If you want to prevent your children from becoming obese or overweight, one effective way is to cook more meals at home.

Cooking to Lose Weight:

It might seem counter-productive to suggest that cooking more of the food that your children eat can help them to lose weight. After all, most weight loss plans are all about restricting food, right? Well, that’s not always the case.

In order to fight childhood obesity, it helps to understand that it is often caused by kids eating too much processed ‘fast’ food (high

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The Effects of Childhood Obesity on Learning

There are many things that can create learning problems for children. Learning disabilities, medical disorders and stress can each play a role. So can obesity.

Bullying: There are a lot of things that can make a child a target for bullies. Most of us had a run in with them about something. I wore glasses and was skinny, so I got called four eyes and bean pole. The same is true of the overweight and/or obese child.

This teasing creates either a concentration on rectifying the matter or a resort to comfort foods… or both. It’s hard to concentrate on class if the mind is occupied with other activities such as avoiding bullies.

Self-esteem: The overweight child can see it in the mirror. It’s obvious when it’s time to shop for school clothes. It’s whispered on the playground. This inhibits self-esteem. Those with low self-esteem think that they will never be able to do anything right and may feel like &#

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How to Manage Childhood Obesity

Even teenagers and young children these days do find themselves asking the question “Why am I overweight?” According to experts, incidence of childhood obesity is continuously increasing. With busy parents who are not so much involved with their children’s extra-curricular activities, it can be quite difficult to find time to make sure that your children is getting the proper nutrition he needs.

Childhood obesity can result to physical health and mental problems. A child who is suffering from obesity is much more likely to have a low self-esteem as compared to a child who has an ideal weight. Now if you think there is nothing you can go about it, then you are mistaken. Parents, for one, can help improve their children’s health and get their weight under control.

So, why am I overweight? The first step to dealing with childhood obesity is communication. Parents must approach their children and talk about the importance of getting their ideal weig

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Childhood Obesity – Taking Growth Into Account

Being overweight is difficult enough for a child. Adding a low calorie diet to it can be more than just uncomfortable. Without help it could also be unhealthy.

Standard Adult Diet Rules: It’s fairly simple. Calories in need to be lower than calories out. There are some foods that ought to be avoided and exercise is needed both to help with the calories and to tone the body. That’s not necessarily what a child needs.

All Kids are Different: Actually, it’s the same for anyone. We all have differences in metabolism, insulin amounts and so forth. Children are much the same but add on that they don’t all grow at the same age. One child may have a huge growth spurt at eight and another might not until ten.

Pediatrician: The first thing that needs done for an overweight child is a complete checkup. This should probably include blood tests. Some disorders cause weight gain. The doctor can also gi

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Childhood Obesity Dangers

Childhood obesity is a serious medical problem. Children, who are obese, often end up developing major health problems later in life. In addition, they usually have low self-esteem, body image issues, and suffer from depression.

Symptoms Of Childhood Obesity

It is important to realize that not all children who have a few extra pounds are obese. Some kids tend to have larger body frames and each child has different amount of body fat at different development stages. Hence, it will not be possible to look at your child and determine that they are obese or overweight.

A doctor is best placed to check your child’s weight and height, and see whether they are proportionate. The doctor will also calculate your child’s BMI (body mass index), and perform other tests to determine whether your child is obese.

Issues And Problems Due To Childhood Obesity

Your child can suffer physically, emotionally and socially du

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Childhood Obesity: The Overlooked Epidemic

Community health is a very important topic that gets overlooked by both citizens and politicians. We put our trust into government officials to find cures and solutions to our health issues, but fail to look at the source of these issues. If we want to make a change in community health we must look at the core of the problem and focus more on primary prevention rather than tertiary prevention techniques. With the majority of our community health issues being preventable diseases, in order to prevent them we must eradicate the cause.

Childhood obesity is constantly on the rise and we have failed to do anything about it. Of course there have been numerous attempts to reduce the obesity rate in children but these attempts are more focused on secondary and tertiary prevention. We are focusing too much on reversing the effects of obesity and not enough time on preventing obesity in the first place. If we inform our community of the health risks that they are entering when they are

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Prevent Childhood Obesity – The Long Term Effects of Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is not a reference to the pleasantly plump babies or the cherub shaped toddlers. The majority of children will begin life with the plumpness we expect to see in babies. These children will grow taller and will lose their “baby fat” as they begin to walk, run, and be more active.

Children that are considered to be obese are the ones who have a BMI (Body Mass Index) that is greater than 80% is considered to be obese. This means that a child who weighs more than eighty percent of their peers who are of the same height, age, and gender, is overweight.

A lot of people say that it is okay to be overweight before puberty because as a person reaches puberty they will automatically begin to lose the excess pounds. This does happen to some people, but it is not what happens to all people. A youngster that is considered to be obese is 70% more apt to be obese when they become an adult.

The longterm effects of childhood obesity can be broken do

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For Under $20 Turn Any Swing Set Into a Childhood Obesity Prevention Machine That Really Works

I live directly across the street from an elementary school in the western suburbs of Chicago. And like most elementary schools around this nation this one has a playground where the kids congregate before and after school, during recess, and on the weekends. And like most playgrounds, this one has a couple of four station swing sets on which the kids love to swing back and forth, again and again.

Now the interesting thing to a childhood obesity prevention enthusiast like myself is that with a few bucks (under $20) and a little know how, any swing set in the nation (playground or backyard) can easily be transformed into a childhood obesity prevention machine that really works, and I’ll prove it to you. Here’s what you’ll need in order to produce this minor miracle.

You’ll need:
o Measure the distance between the chains on which one swing is supported.(in my own case it’s 24 inches)

o Buy one piece of one inch pipe, that’

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