New research into the area of pediatrics has shown that obese children are prone to heart disease. The situation becomes even more dramatic when we take into account the fact that, more and more obese children, have begun to develop symptoms related to heart disease.
If you are parent or thinking of becoming one any time soon than there are a couple of things that you should know about obesity. The disease can occur in the early years of childhood and it is capable of affecting both children and teenagers. So, if your child is exhibiting signs related to obesity (BMI off the scale for his age, he takes into weight more than he should for his age), then you should take him to a doctor or a nutritionist.
Another thing to be concerned about when talking about child obesity is the incidence of developing other diseases, which go hand-in-hand with obesity. If your kid is diagnosed with this disorder, he can start exhibiting other symptoms like a high level of cholesterol and high blood pressure. Moreover, if the issue is not dealt with, in time, the child might experience diabetes.
There are also implications to this problem. Children that have been diagnosed with obesity tend to come down with depression. This, in term, leads to poor self-esteem and a tendency to isolate himself from both family and friends. For this matter, social interactions might become problematic as well. Your children might be picked on, called names and can even be denied all sorts of social validations and gratifications, due to a condition that is way over him.
So, when do we go and see a doctor? For that, let’s take a quick gander at what causes child obesity. According to nutritionists and other medical branches, the leading cause in child obesity is lifestyle. That mainly refers to what your child is eating, what he is drinking and how much exercise he gets in a day. Moreover, it has been discovered that obesity is also linked with a couple of genetic disease and hormonal imbalances.
What to do if the doctor tells you that your child is suffering from obesity? Simple! There are a couple of guidelines which you must follow in order to ensure that your child gets rid of those extra pounds. First of all, shopping discipline (no mister Myagy, just a couple of cool and handy tips). Be sure to buy more vegetables and fruits for your child and avoid, as much as possible, buying food that contains high levels of sugar and/or fat.
The second trick is to carefully watch what your child is drinking. Avoid sugary beverages and soft drinks. Think on the lines of a fruit smoothie. Another useful tip to keep in mind is to limit the consumption of fast food.
Now, let’s throw in a few words about food etiquette. Make your child eat at the table. Engage him in lively conversations, and above all, be careful about portioning his food.
Last, but not least, your kid should get plenty of exercise. Specialists have discovered that 60 minutes of outdoor activity everyday can work wonders on children who experience weight issues.