The number of overweight
children has increased dramatically
in recent years, but in United
Stated this is considerate as
This occurred in boys and girls in
all states, in our population, in
general (children's, teenagers,
adults, old people) we can see the
gaining weight to a dangerous
degree and at an alarming rate.
For this reason the problem of obesity
is a national public health priority.
For all these reason we going to explain
what we can do to prevent that our kids
fall in this type of epidemic starting
from our homes.
Consists of anthropological, physiological, biochemical,
metabolic, anatomical, and social alterations.
The condition is characterized by an increased level of
adiposity and a corresponding increase in body weight which
has to be evaluated according to the standard values for the
individual age categories of girls and boys.
Also, studies have shown that obese children are more likely
to become as obese adults.
It is considerate as a problem because this involves immediate and long-term
health risks, such as heart disease as high cholesterol, high blood pressure;
diabetes; asthma; sleep apnea; social discrimination and other.
Both parents working outside home
Changes in the school food environment
More meals eaten outside
Changes in the physical design
of communities often affect
what children eat
Where they eat
How much they eat
The amount of energy they
expend in school and leisure
Use of computers
Note: Taking appropriate action require
attention to what influences eating
behaviors and physical activity levels
because obesity prevention involves a
focus on energy balance (calories
consumed vs. calories expended).
Maintaining energy balance at a healthy
weight while protecting overall health
growth, development and nutrition status.
Maintaining a balance between energy
spent and the food and drinks we consume
to support growth, normal development
“Energy intake=energy expenditure”
• Considering the multitude of genetic,
biological, physiological, socio-
cultural and environmental factors that
affect to keep this balance.
o Children are strongly influence by the
food, and physical activity related decision
made by their families, school and
Healthy eating behaviors, regular
physical activity, and reduced sedentary
Healthy lifestyle that should be
developed during early childhood.
Following the Dietary Guidelines, this
provide general diet and lifestyle
recommended for healthy people since 2
years and over (not for babies).
Parents can help prevent the obesity of their
child by providing healthy meals, daily
physical activity, and nutrition education.
• Healthy meals provide nutrition for
• Increased physical activity reduces health
risks and helps weight management.
• Nutrition education helps young children
develop an awareness of good nutrition and
healthy eating habits for a lifetime.
If the parents follow these guidelines can
help promote health and reduce risk for
Your children can be encouraged to
adopt healthy eating behaviors and be
physically active when parent:
Focus on good health, not in a
certain weight goal.
Teach healthy and positive attitudes
toward food and physical activity
without emphasizing body weight.
Focus on the family and do not set
overweight children apart, this have to
involve the whole family and everyone
have to be working to gradually change
the family's physical activity and eating
The parents have to establish a schedule
for daily meal and snack, and eating
together as frequently as possible.
Make a wide variety of healthful foods
available based on the Food Guide
Pyramid for Young Children.
There is not magic pill that will cure a society’s poor eating habits. Who
can do only so much to protect their children? Those are the parents. As children
get older they become more responsible for their own choices. Unfortunately,
some of the choices they make can affect their future health. Each family must
take their own choices and must make their utmost to give their children every
opportunity to be healthy in the years to come.