Now-a –days, the terms ‘CHILDHOOD’ and ‘OBESITY’ are so commonly taken together that one wonders about the grave consequences of the modern lifestyle. It is an estimated fact that in the last 30 years obesity in children has been doubled and in India it has increased to 10 million obese children.Causes
In order to tackle this disease it’s very important to understand the causes and reasons of obesity in children.
Obesity leads to major health issue if not treated on time -
The BMI is the correct way to determine whether the child is overweight or obese. It is calculated by measuring the child’s height weight and computed by comparing with standard BMI according to age and gender.
Also blood tests include hormonal assays and blood cholesterol and sugar level is very important.Prevention
Adapting healthy lifestyle and dietary changes is a major step in preventing obesity.
Planning activities like swimming, cycling, walking, sports etc.
Avoiding junk food like cheese, burger, pizzas and turning towards a more healthy food option like fruits, milk, vegetables.
Counselling the kids, motivating the kid to take up healthy activities, parental and teacher’s guidance is the most important step to keep the child motivated and enthusiastic about weight loss.
Regular weight check-ups, monitoring the blood cholesterol along with appropriate treatment of the underlying cause of obesity.