September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and a good time to talk about the effects of childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of obese children in the United States has tripled since the 1970s. Although a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows improving numbers, it’s still a major public health problem.
There are many factors that contribute to childhood obesity. They include genetics, metabolism, and a lack of physical activity. The causes are similar to the causes of obesity in adults, and so are the health problems associated with it.
The effects of childhood obesity on the heart (and other parts of your child’s body) can be devastating. So, let’s look at some of them and what your family can do to take steps to prevent them.
Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems. Many of them are heart-health related and include
But the effects of childhood obesity don’t stop there. Overweight and obese children are also put at an increased risk for:
You can see the list of health-related problems caused by childhood obesity is long, but there are steps parents and children can take to decrease the risk.
To help ensure that your children maintain a healthy weight, there are many things you can do to help your children.
For many children, obesity can be prevented. Eating a sensible diet and getting enough exercise are good places to start. It not only decreases the risk but is a good strategy to implement to live a healthy life overall.
If you’d like a guide to help you and your child stay on track, take a look at our “Know Your Numbers Bundle.” You’ll find all of the important health-related numbers you need to know. From blood pressure to blood glucose, it’s all in the guide.