What Causes Obesity in Children?
Children becomes overweight or obese for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons are genetic factors, less physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of all these factors. Only in rare cases it is seen that obesity in children is caused by a medical condition such as a hormonal problem.
Although overweight problems run in families, not all children with a family history of obesity will be overweight or obese. Children whose parents or brothers or sisters are obese may be at an increased risk of becoming overweight themselves. But this can also be linked to shared family behaviors such as eating and activity habits.
A child’s total diet consumption and activity level, play an important role in determining a child’s weight. In today’s technical world many children spend a lot time being inactive. For example, the average child spends approximately four hours each day watching television, computer or playing video games. The more the number of hours spent on electronics gadgets more will be inactivity.
Obesity in Children And Complications
Obesity in children may lead to many complications. Obese children are at risk for a number of conditions, as per below:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Early heart disease
- Bone problems
- Few skin conditions such as heat rash, fungal infections, and acne
How Do I Know Whether My Child Is Overweight?
Not all children carrying extra kilos are overweight or obese. Some children have larger than average body frames. And children usually carry different amounts of body fat at the various stages of development. So you might not know by how your child looks if weight is a health concern.
The best person to determine whether your child is overweight or not is your child’s doctor. In determining whether your child is overweight or not, the doctor will measure your child’s weight and height. And will compute his BMI ( body mass index) , and will compare this value to standard values. The doctor will also consider your child’s age and his or her growth patterns.
How Can I Help My Obese Child?
If you have an obese child, it is very important that you allow him or her to know that you will be supportive. Children’s feelings about themselves often depends on their parents’ feelings about them. If you accept your child at any weight, they will be more likely to feel good about themselves. It is also important to talk to your child about their weight, allowing them to share their concerns with you.
Parents should focus on gradually changing their family’s physical activities and eating habits. By involving the entire family, everyone is taught healthful habits and the overweight children do not feel singled out.
How Can I Involve My Family in Healthy Habits?
There are many ways to involve the family in healthy habits. But increasing the family’s physical activity is very important. Some ways to accomplish this include:
- If your children see that you are physically active and having fun, they are more likely to be involved into activity with you.
- Plan family activities that provide everyone with exercise, like walking, jogging, cycling, or swimming.
- Be sensitive about your child’s needs and choices about the activities. Overweight children may feel uncomfortable about themselves in particular activities. It is important to help your child to find physical activities that they will enjoy. That aren’t embarrassing or too difficult for them.
- Make an effort to reduce the amount of time you and your family spend in activities like watching TV or playing video games.
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