How behavioral health is linked to obesity – WQOW TV News 18

Posted: March 6, 2020 at 5:41 am

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - March is National Nutrition Month, but almost 1/5 of children in the country are considered obese.

The CDC puts the rate of childhood obesity at nearly 19%, affecting roughly 13.5 million children between the ages of two and 19.

Corina Fisher, licensed clinical social worker of L.E. Phillips-Libertas Treatment Center and Prevea Behavioral Care, said obesity is closely linked to behavioral health, and parents play a huge role.

She said young kids model what their parents do, so if they see their parents practicing healthy eating habits, they learn those healthy behaviors from an early age. But if the child is obese, it may be a deeper issue.

"We need to look at the child as a whole being and not just their weight. We need to identify, 'are there problems going on at the home? Is there food in the home or are they eating junk food 24/7?' We need to look at this child and really question what's causing them to be obese," Fisher said.

Fisher said if you're concerned about your child's weight, talk to their pediatrician. She added to be aware of how you talk to your children about their weight because body image concerns can start at a young age.

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