Childhood Obesity Treatment and Prevention

What is Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a serious health problem in our society today. that's why parent should do steps of Treatment and Prevention help their children from obesity.

In America, Obesity in Children are said to have increased by three-fold over the last 30 years.

Childhood Obesity Treatment and Prevention

Childhood obesity facts 

WHO (2004) states that obesity has become a world problem. Panama is the country with the highest prevalence of obesity in the world, 37%. Afterwards Peru (32%) and the USA (31%). 6 In the urban areas of China, the prevalence of overweight was 12.0% in men and 14.4% in women, being in rural areas the prevalence of overweight in men and women respectively 5.3% and 9.8%.

Unfortunately, although this issue has to be said is at an alarming level, government, community and the parents still do not understand the dangers of this condition on the child. Most of them do not yet understand that childhood obesity can bring very serious consequences for the sufferer.

What are the complications of Obesity?

the effect of childhood obesity can vary either can cause physical problem such as difficulty in carrying out daily routine normally due to limited motor skills, easily get tired and sweat or social problems. In addition, obese people also usually will feel not confident and excluded. Often these feelings develop into depression or cause damage to relationships with others.

Moreover, Here are a number of health problems associated with obesity, including:

  • snore
  • Hard to breathe
  • Joint pain
  • back pain
  • atherosclerosis
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • metabolic syndrome
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Asthma
  • Diseases of stomach acid or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • sleep apnea
  • osteoarthritis
  • Gallstone disease
  • erectile dysfunction
  • menstrual disorders
  • pregnancy complications
  • Kidney disorders
  • liver disorders
  • bowel cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • stroke
  • Heart disease

Childhood Obesity Causes


There are various causes that make a child is overweight. Find out and know the cause, we can help you to find the solution and how the appropriate response to the problems facing your child.

Here are some of the causes Childhood obesity:

Poor Eating Habits


Children who do not or are less likely to consume fruits, vegetables and grains (grains) and prefer fast food, sugary drinks and food packaging, have a tendency to have unwanted weight because these foods are foods that are high in fat and calories but has no nutritional value which low.

Heredity Factors


Obesity can be passed down from parents. So a child who has a parent or sibling who are obese also have the potential to experience the same thing. But you need to know that heredity does not necessarily make a person has excess weight. This would occur if the child consume excessive calories than the amount he or she should consume.

 Physically Not Active


Modern technology forcing many of our children to mostly sit quietly spend their time in front of a computer screen or television, so they do not move much. If the consumption of excess calories and fat they are, but the body does not burn, then obesity in children would happen to them.


Treatment and Prevention for Childhood Obesity

In principle, the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity consists of the diet / food, increasing physical activity and eating behavior change every day.

Changing the diet into a healthy diet. Limit the level of consumption of fast food and the like. Treatment and Prevention can be done by Increasing consumption of vegetables, fruits and other nutritious menu. Setting regular meal starts with a meal three times a day. If the child is still hungry, but do not give fruit juices made. However, some high-calorie such as avocados, bananas and mangoes should be avoided. Increase the consumption of water and vegetables.

Do diet foods so that the amount of calories, fat and other substances the body needs are met every day and not excessive.

Avoid snacking (snacking) and high-calorie foods such as chocolate, cake, ice cream and soft drinks (soft drinks). Familiarize children eat at home or limit eating at the shopping center, as generally meal made at home have lower calorie content.

Weight loss is recommended for children 11 years of age carry is 0.5 kg per week or 2 kg per month. Reduction is drastic and more in a short time can harm the health of children.

Doing physical activities to sweat every day. Treatment and Prevention can also be done by doing Exercises. Type of physical activity for children also do not always have to be sports. Importantly, sweating child and loved the activities undertaken. Advised to exercise for two and a half hours to five hours per week. Examples of an easy sport to do is walk leisurely in the morning or evening, jog, swim, play badminton, or cycling.

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