Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is increasing at an alarming rate and the most shocking part is that obesity can be preventable. Children have become sedentary; many sit hours a day watching tv, playing video games or computer games. Add unhealthy eating to the mix and it’s a recipe for disaster. As health professionals we’re concerned because if your child is obese there is a higher chance that your child may develop diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Here are some simple tips to help get your child on the right track. first, limit that sedentary style; encourage your child to be active; make sure your child is getting enough physical activity everyday; whehter it’s running bases in the backyard; playing basketball; riding bikes, or swimming; whatever activiy your child enjoys make sure they’re doing it, next: fast food may be fast, but it sure isn’t healthy. Make sure you give your child plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and plenty of fresh h20—water! Forget the soda and fruit juice—it’s filled with empty calories and tons of sugar. Remember, prevention, it begins with you.

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