Take a stand against childhood obesity – BizTimes.com (Milwaukee)


Posted: September 5, 2017 at 2:42 pm

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Give kids a head start on good healthbyPaul Nobile

September 05, 2017, 7:00 AM

Its hard for parents to say no to their kids. Many adults themselves struggle to be healthy. But when childrens health is on the line, adults have to help kids make the right choices. Doing so can prevent serious problems, such as childhood obesity. In order to keep kids fit in this high-calorie, high-tech world, parents need to be role models. Eat well and move more, and your kids are likely to do the same. They can better enjoy their childhood and be carefree and happy the way kids ought to be.

One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. It has become widespread among American children and puts them at risk for:

Obese kids are also likely to become obese adults. That means they would be at risk for various health problems for many years.

A young persons health depends on a lot of factors. But much of the current obesity problem can be tied to changes in our society:1,2

What you can do?

Here are some ways to help keep kids healthy:3

When good health is a family affair, kids wont feel cheated or punished. Whatever their weight, accept and guide them. This helps them feel good about themselves. Through your support, you can help them adopt healthy habits for a lifetime.

Dont forget to celebrate your healthy choices as a family, too!

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: Childhood Overweight and Obesity.

2. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website:Why Obesity Is a Health Problem.

3. Office of the Surgeon General website: Parents and Caregivers Checklist.

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