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Thursday, November 20, 2008


Many children between the ages of two years old and five years old are already on there way to become the next generation of obese teens, and eventually obese adults and obese seniors. With obesity being one of the leading causes of disease, disability, discrimination, and employment problems, it is one of the largest public problems since tobacco use and exposure. Terrible eating habits are not the only link, genetic diseases that can cause children to become overweight cannot be left out. Diseases such as Bardet-Biedl syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome are common in obese adolescents, Still bad eating habits and lack of exercise pays a large roll in the general population.

It is the hope of health professionals, medical professionals and psychiatrist that increased public awareness and preventive policies will hopefully improve this situation.Professionals are treating this as a major public health issue that is threatening to damage our precious resource, our children. Introducing physical activities is the biggest plan for battling this epidemic. A caregivers knowledge in a healthy lifestyle plays a vital role in keeping children aware of serious heath risks in the future. Parents need to teach children how to have healthy attitude toward their own health.

An annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has come to the decision that as many as one third of U.S. adolescents are overweight or at risk for childhood obesity. The health problems that we will begin to see from obese children will be high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. These are diseases usually seen in adults, not children. That is why it is imperative for parents and caregivers to be aware of a healthy lifestyle, not just for them but their children. Improving healthy eating tips and exercise is the link to resolving this problem. Let the children get involved in healthy cooking, take them for walks, hikes or adventures in the woods. Protecting their health now will greatly improve the decisions they make in the future.

Preventing a child at-risk from becoming overweight can start a process of healthy and active lifestyles to ensure a long healthy life. Little things such as: not getting into power struggles with them over food, never use food as a behavior modification tool, are big mental set backs for children. This only continues the same behavior and can cause psychological issues. Judgmental commenting, and taunting never helps the issue with a positive outcome. Initiating positive behavior can make all the difference. Just allowing the child`s natural tendencies to please you, have fun, and explore are perfect opportunities to introduce exercise, and reduce things like eating out of boredom. If these things are done with every child in danger of becoming obese, then the many suffering will likely decline.

So always keep in mind the health of yourself and your children. By staying in shape yourself and showing a healthy lifestyle, you can utilize the importance of being a health-oriented individual to your children. These habits will stay with them all of their lives. You will also have a few benefits from eating healthy and slimming down. If you lost a few pounds, you will also feel healthier. If you want to find out more information about how you should change your eating habits, you should talk to your doctor if you want some recommendations that are specific for you or your child's current health.

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