National Childhood Obesity Week

Prebiotic Fiber Bottle Box ArtNational Childhood Obesity Week is here! We want to raise awareness of the dangers of being above a healthy weight during childhood.

A global epidemic

  • There are 1 billion overweight and obese people in the world. 155 million of them are children.
  • Obesity levels have quadrupled over the last 25 years, according to the World Health Organization.

Obesity puts a child’s health at risk.
There are some serious consequences of being an obese child. Obese children are more likely to develop serious health problems such as Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. They are also more likely to have a poorer body image  which may make them more susceptible to developing eating disorders in later life.

“Is my child overweight?”
Concern about child obesity as a serious health problem is a relatively recent phenomenon. Because of this, many parents are confused about what changes in their child’s body may be normal development and what might suggest their child is overweight or obese.

Using a child BMI chart is the only reliable way to tell whether a child is above a healthy weight. Our online BMI calculator is based on these charts and will be able to help.

It’s not just ‘puppy fat’.
It is commonly believed that overweight children will grow out of their ‘puppy fat’, but research suggests that this rarely happens. Depending on their age, between 40-70% of obese children will grow up to be obese adults.

Being overweight or obese can cause serious health problems.
As the number of people who are overweight increases, so too are the number of people living with the serious chronic illnesses that can be caused by being overweight. These include (but are not limited to):

  • cardio-vascular (heart and blood) disease
  • some cancers
  • type 2 diabetes
  • infertility
  • asthma
  • fatty liver
  • gallstones
  • high blood pressure

Help end childhood obesity. 
It is important to help instill healthy habits in our children. Promote daily activity for regular exercise along with a balanced nutrition. Supplements may be a good choice to ensure that our children receive the recommended daily amount of vitamins and minerals! (www.Pinnaclife.com)

Resource: http://www.mendcentral.org

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