5 Reasons Why Children Are More Obese Today

Today, childhood obesity is considered a serious and widespread struggle faced by many children around the world. When it comes to childhood obesity, it is crucial that parents take an active role in controlling their child’s weight.

Get to know what weight range is ideal for your child, based on his/her height.

There are many reasons that contribute to childhood obesity, from dietary habits to sedentary behavior to emotional problems to family habits as discussed below.

1. Poor eating habits and food choices

Today, the way we prepare food and the frequency are different as compare to our ancestors. In the past, everything need to be cooked from scratch, but now with the help of modern equipment, the time and effort to prepare food have become more simple and faster.

This is one of the reasons why now fast food restaurants dominate our diets.

Best healthy choices of food include vegetables and fruits instead of sugary snacks. The most popular choices are typically carrots, bananas, celery sticks, apples and even salads that include a large variety of vegetables.

Help children understand the correct foods during their childhood. This will ensure that they make the right choices as they move into adulthood.

2. Lack of exercise

Lack of regular exercise is one major cause of childhood obesity. Children who spend much time watching TV programs will be at greater risk of childhood obesity than those who go outside playing or are active in sports.

Things become worse if children are eating junk food while watching television or playing video games.

3. Family habits

If the parents have a problem with weight, chances are the children will deal with the same issue, as they  adopt “family” habits. Small changes, such as walking to school, playing outdoor games rather than letting children stay at home and avoid exercise, will make a difference.

4. Psychological issues and stress

Some studies say that about 10% of people that are mildly obese have psychological or stress problems. Some children have a difficult time dealing with stress so they use food as comfort. Many children are prone to eating in response to negative emotions like being bored, feeling anxious or being angry.

5. Environment

Schools, friends and family can be important destinations to find out about proper nourishment and exercise. Attitudes, patterns, and values about food selection are critical factors to developing a healthy relationship with food.

Children spend lots of time in school, and their food options at school can create a healthy or an unhealthy eating environment.

Modern lifestyles have improved our quality of life but also contribute greatly to physical inactivity. Cars are used for short trips, and the number of walking trips the average American child takes each year have decreased. Today only about 10% of public school students walk to school compared to a large number a generation ago.

 

References:
Better Health
WebMD
Parenting