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Defining, preventing and treating a modern day Health Condition
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Chapter 1 - Childhood Obesity Defined
Chapter 2 - Understanding the Statistics
Chapter 3 - The Road to Obesity
Chapter 4 - Signs and Symptoms
Chapter 5 - The School System’s Role
Chapter 6 - Cut the Fat and Get Fit
Chapter 7 - Long-Term Effects of Obesity
An estimated 43 million pre-school children (aged below 5) were obese or overweight in 2013, a 60 % increase since 1990. If the current trends continue, the total number of overweight or obese children might increase to 70 million by 2025. Health conditions such as type 2 diabetes that were once illnesses of a much older population are now afflicting our overweight youth with alarming regularity. It is an alarming trend to say the least and something that needs to be acted upon.
When a child is diagnosed with obesity, it can be an incredibly difficult time for the child and for the family. Luckily, there are steps that can be taken in order to prevent your child from being diagnosed with obesity. If your child has already been diagnosed, there are also steps that can be completed to fight this condition and get rid of it once and for all! Understanding exactly what obesity is and how it is developed is important. When we are made aware of something, we can work to change these factors and prevent our children from becoming obese.
Obesity is a social issue. Looking at statistics, it is very clear that more children and adolescents have been diagnosed with obesity than ever before. The numbers will continue to grow if we don’t put a stop to this immediately. We are faced with unhealthy lunches at school, lack of physical activity and larger portions than ever before! Find out what to look for and what you can do to end this epidemic in your family and in society.
Childhood obesity and the epidemic associated with it is much more complicated than it seems, but what exactly is obesity? How does a child become obese? Obesity is defined as in individual, or in this case a child, that is over the average weight for their age. When a child is diagnosed as being overweight, this refers to a child not being within the normal range for their height, age and gender. There are charts available that identify what a normal weight would be for a child based on their height. When a child is over this specific weight, they are considered to be obese.
Obesity refers to a child or an individual having excess body fat. When a child is first diagnosed with obesity, it can either be a very scary time for the child and his family, or it may be brushed off as something they will outgrow. Many of us start to have the attitude where we assume that the child plagued with obesity will grow out of it. While some children will go through different phases in their life where they may weigh more than other times, some of these children never grow out of this phase and gain even more weight as they get older.
Portion sizes have grown compared to years past. Portion sizes have more than tripled in relation to the 1950’s, which in turn has increased the amount of individuals and children who have been diagnosed with obesity. With portions growing, so have the bodies of our children. When we consume more calories than we burn, this makes for the ideal situation for fat to be stored and weight to be gained. When we see what’s on our plate, we are automatically inclined to eat whatever we see. If we see a small portion of food, that’s what we’ll eat, if we see a large portion, that’s also what we’ll eat. Be mindful of this when making your plate at home. When you are in charge of how much you serve yourself or your children, you are in control of how much they will consume.