What to Do If You Think Your Child is Obese
Adult and Childhood Obesity
Obesity In Children
About Childhood Depression
Preventing Obesity in Children & Teens
What to Do If You
Think Your Child is Obese
Do you worry that your child is obese? You probably understand the many health problems and deadly diseases that are associated with obesity. If your child is obese, he or she runs an increased risk of developing:
Type II diabetes
- Sleep apnoea
- Heart disease or stroke
- Gallbladder disease
- High blood pressure
Everyone is different, and that includes children. With 2 identical looking kids, one may be obese and the other may be healthy. There are many genetic and body frame factors to consider. But basically, obesity is defined as a condition where someone is "grossly fat or overweight" depending on their Body Mass Index (BMI).
What is BMI?
To understand whether your child is obese, you need to determine her BMI score. BMI calculation does not measure body fat directly, but rather uses global averages to see where your child ranks against her peers that are the same age, height and weight. Body mass index is defined as a measurement of normal weight, overweight and obesity using comparative height and weight charts.
How Can I Measure My Child's
BMI to Determine If He Is Obese?
Search for the term "Childhood BMI Calculator" on the Internet. There are literally thousands of free online body mass index calculators which produce an instant score. Simply input the birth date and year, gender, height and weight of your child. Some of these calculators may also ask for the height of your child's genetic parents.
Without parental height considered, a 10-year-old girl that measures 4 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 70 pounds is considered in the 48th BMI percentile. That means that she is heavier than 48% of girls her age and height, a healthy measurement.
What BMI Percentile is Healthy, Overweight and Obese?
A child that scores between 0 and 5 or 10 on the BMI percentile chart for kids is considered underweight. Between 5 or 10 and 80 or 85 is considered a healthy weight. A score of 80 to 90 or 95 is considered overweight, and any score over 90 is a sign of a marginally or definitely obese child. Do not forget, these are just averages. If you are concerned your child is obese or overweight, schedule an appointment with your doctor or health professional.
What Do You Do If Your Child Is Obese?
Obesity can be hereditary, to some extent. If you and your spouse are obese, your kids have a higher tendency to be so as well. However, health professionals, fitness experts and doctors agree that your diet and level of physical activity are what ultimately decide how much you weigh and how fit you are.
So get your child eating lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Keep them active, exercising at least 2.5 hours per week. Make sure they drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. These simple steps can reverse obesity, delivering the self-esteem and health that every child deserves.
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Gain an understanding of what is afflicting the Obese through the following information available within this publication.
As an Adult it might have already started to inflict you and your body but do not fear as this can be reversed with an effort on your behalf.
As a child it is so much better to start as early as possible to stop “Obesity” before it really takes over their life and again even if this has started, you will find it a lot easier than being an adult too get back to where the youngsters physical should be.
The knowledge is here for you and your young to eliminate the chance of trying to grow older with the fear of “Obesity” hanging over your head (actually it might be a little lower)!
The younger generation is now NOT expected to outlive their parents and this mainly due to the complications that arise with other diseases in conjunction with “Obesity”.
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Obesity In Children
Obesity is a condition that can shorten your life and can seriously affect you mentally and physically. It often has its roots in childhood. Obesity in children is growing at a frighteningly fast rate. There are more obese children now than ever before. Parents are letting their carelessness with their own diets spill over into their children’s lives.
Here are a few points to think about when trying to prevent obesity and health problems for your children.
Small children are normally energetic and often require snacks in-between meals. It is most important to choose healthy snacks for your children.
Alternative snacks can include:
Vegetable snacks like carrot sticks and celery boats are a good and fun alternative to chips and “junk food” snacks.
Fruit can be substituted for candies & sugar snacks.
Soda and sugar snacks like candy produce hyperactivity in many young children and will sow the seeds for problems later in life. It also leads to dental problems and the beginnings of obesity. It is good to keep these foods in check and use alternatives if possible.
Sugar is a known addictive food in that the more you eat the more you want to eat. This can quickly escalate into a serious eating problem and can lead to obesity as the body stores excess sugar as fat.
Breakfast cereals are perhaps the biggest problems in children’s diets. Everyone is in a hurry in the morning and it is easy to reach for the cereal packet for a quick family breakfast. However be careful of these pre-sweetened cereals as they give unnecessary large amounts of sugar to your child’s system laying the grounds for sugar addiction.
Now there are many alternatives to pre-sweetened cereals. There are many good tasting “healthy” cereals providing added fibre and less if any sugar. These are good for your children as they will provide them with a much more nutritious breakfast and not just fill them up with sugar and excess carbohydrates.
Fast food habits also begin when children are quite small. This is reinforced by extensive TV advertising and propaganda for these foods. It is almost inbred in us to eat hamburgers chips and other fast food. Children have an inborn liking for these foods and can easily become quite addicted to them.
It is wise to try to keep these foods in limit, as they are not the healthiest foods to eat, especially for children who are growing and need nutritious foods to develop properly.
Good eating habits begin when children are very young. It can start from the time they first start to eat. It is very important to a child’s health to start good eating habits at a young age.
It is possible to lay the foundations of good and healthy eating habits when children are still quite small.
It is just a question of educating ourselves
passing on good habits
to our children.
When you do this you reduce the possibility of obesity
in your children and all the
mental and physical risks involved.
About Childhood Depression
Like grownups, youngsters may suffer from depression. It’s not rare and since youngsters really are the purest of humans, it may be safe to state if a youngster is depressed-and they really tell you that-it’s a quite serious problem.
Among the basic misconceptions about childhood depression is:” what do youngsters have to be blue about?” Maybe this reveals a couple of misunderstandings about childhood depression and what it is. It's indeed rather similar to clinical depression-borrowing from medical language and isn't just blue moods resulting from a youngster being ‘depressed’ cause they've just been punished or have been told they can’t get something. No, childhood depression is to a greater extent intrusive into the youngsters very existence might be long-lasting and if not attended dangerous.
Maybe another misconception might have to do with us believing, being a youngster is an unworried, trouble free stage of human life. Not inevitably, with peer acceptance, school and loved ones expectations, it's enough to make a youngster fret and could be a big factor to be considered in reference to dealing with an instance of childhood depression.
What To Look For:
- Departure of concern in hobbies and activities
- Sharp alteration in appetite
- Alteration in rest patterns (either increase or decrease).
- Trouble concentrating.
- Making devaluing statements like “I’m not good enough; I’m a stupid person…”
- Relentless sorrow.
- Repeating thoughts of self-destruction
- Inordinate clinging or withdrawal
If you observe any of these in your youngster’s behaviour it might be time to look for help. But, bear in mind, the opening move might be a good candid talk with your youngster.
Devote 30 minutes or more a day for outdoor recreation for yourself and your loved ones. Visits to the zoo, dynamic play, and swimming tend to alleviate stress produced in the home, school, and work and this might go a long way in helping in curing childhood depression in the household.
Make attempts yourself to be upbeat as much as conceivable as youngsters do mimic what their parents perpetually do.
Lastly, if you're of a spiritual inclination, try prayer power and acquaint your child with it. I believe a youngster connected to the higher power is one sure way of precluding childhood depression.
Raising children or being a role model to a youngster is a duty that might be tasking at times, even more when dealing with a depressed youngster. All the same with the hints given, if tackled decently, childhood depression need not be a matter your youngster has to go through.
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