Did you know, that, among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren't seen until adulthood. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels.
There are also psychological effects: Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. And excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood.
Help your child stay at a healthy weight by balancing what your child eats with physical activity. Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling.Two of the best ways to prevent your child from becoming overweight or obese are to:
- Help your child eat healthier foods
- Be more active as a family
Being overweight or obese as a child can lead to serious problems, like:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep problems
- Low self-esteem
- Getting bullied
Children grow at different rates, so it’s not always easy to tell if your child is at a healthy weight. Healthy weight is defined differently for children and teens than it is for adults.Ask your Healthcare provider whether your child is at a healthy weight.