The Facts In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has more than tripled. In 2008, more than 1/3 of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Childhood obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents. 70% of obese children had at least 1 cardiovascular disease risk factor , and 30% had 2 or more.
How is Obesity Measured? Body Mass Index(BMI)- Measure used to determine overweight and obesity. Calculated using weight and height. Child is not considered obese until the weight is 10% higher than what is recommended for the child’s height and body type
Health Risks Obese children are more likely to… Have high blood pressure, and high cholesterol Have diabetes Breathing problems Ex. Asthma, sleep apnea Social and psychological problems Ex. Discrimination, low self-esteem Become obese adults Adult obesity is associated with more serious health problems
Startling image of two obese children indulging in fast food.
Causes Poor eating habits Ex. Junk food, fast food, overeating Lack of exercise Children who do not get a lot of physical activity Family history of obesity Health problems Low self esteem Depression
How to Prevent Obesity Plan meals and make better food choices Control food portions and calories Add variety of fruits and vegetables on the blate Give children healthier snack alternatives Let the children have more active activity Set an example for your child Eat healthy meals with your child Participate in physical activity with your child
•The food pyramid we haveall been used to has nowbeen replaced with a foodplate. This is how your mealplate should look.
Healthier Alternatives If your child wants ice cream… Give your child yogurt, all natural fruit bars, frozen fruit – just as sweet and satisfying, If your child wants chips… Make sweet potato fries, baked fries If your child wants candy… Give them fresh fruit- nature’s candy, a little piece of chocolate If your child wants fast food… Make your child’s favorite fast food meal at home. That way you control what is in it. If your child wants soda… Give them all natural 100% juice, fruit smoothies
Physical Activities Let the children run around outside Let them play tag Enroll them in sports Football, soccer, basketball, track, dance, etc. Instead of taking elevators take your kids up the stairs for a fun adventure Take your children out for a nice walk around the neighborhood. This will allow you to bond with your child, get your child away from all the electronic devices, and get to know your child more.
What will this program do? This program will provide parents with all the knowledge provided. Give parents ideas on how to help their children stay away from obesity. If their children are obese we can help counsel the parents, and show them how to get their child out of obesity.