On Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 8:23 AM, 'DR. MAHESH' via Keep_Mailing
> In the growing-up years, little ones are pampered with all the foods they
> desire. Food may also be used as a quick fix to calm a child's tantrums.
> These habits may turn cute and chubby kids into overweight and obese
> children. Obesity will lead to an inactive kid with a low self image. While
> feeding your little one good food is essential, you must also keep a check
> on how it's affecting her body. Here's all you need to know about childhood
> obesity and how to deal with it.
> The World Health Organization has recognised childhood obesity as the most
> serious public health problem of the 21st century. Obesity is becoming a
> global phenomenon that's affecting all economic groups and more so the newer
> generations. Our little ones are addicted to colas, pizzas and burgers that
> only increase their risks of doubling up.
> Childhood obesity has increased significantly in the past few years. Obese
> kids today are not only surrounded by the fear of deadly health hazards but
> are also prone to psychological trauma due low self image and peer pressure.
> This social and psychological pressure has negative implications on the
> child's behavior. As compared to normal weight children, obese children are
> more likely to report a low quality of life and engage in suicidal thoughts
> and behaviors.
> Obesity needs to be addressed with a proper diet and exercise regime.
> However, good behavioural health is a must to see long term changes.
> Sometimes, educational environments provide an opportunity for
> discriminatory situations which result in obese kids facing various troubles
> like harassment, teasing and rejection from other children and also biased
> attitudes from teachers. Obese children are also sometimes characterised as
> being sorrowful, lazy and not having many friends.
> Understanding some of the key causes of childhood obesity can help you know
> where you are going wrong so you can start making better decisions for
> yourself and your family.
> The Causes of Childhood Obesity
> There is more than one cause of childhood obesity and you will be surprised
> to know these culprits:
> 1. Prenatal Factors: Over or under nutrition during critical periods of
> foetal growth may lead to a large or small size for gestational age, which
> increases the risk of becoming overweight or obese.
> 2. Genetics: Children of obese/overweight parents have a greater risk of
> being obese.
> 3. Diet: Many of us eat out, making home-cooked meals a thing of the past.
> Fast food and foods that are high in calories and offer very little
> nutrition is the on-going trend. Another major factor is that many kids
> drink extra calories that come from sodas and other sugary drinks.
> 4. Physical Inactivity: Many experts talk about TV, computers, video games,
> etc that entertain children while keeping them sitting around for hours at a
> time. However, physical inactivity is the major cause of childhood obesity.
> 5. Environment: Our schools are also to be blamed, since very few schools
> give importance to physical training or sports classes. Also, children are
> over-exposed to commercials for fast foods, candy, sodas and the likes.
> 6. Unhealthy Family Eating Habits: The unhealthy eating habits of parents
> and family members also leave a wrong impression on the child. Hence,
> children are influenced to eat unhealthy right from their weaning process.
> Treating Childhood Obesity
> Treating obesity in children is different from treating obesity in adults.
> Evaluating the readiness of the child and his/ her state of mental health is
> very important. It is crucial to speak to your physician or a dietician
> about options for treating childhood obesity before starting the weight-loss
> program. Here are some easy tips:
> 1. Never make the child starve.
> 2. Include healthier food options rather than omitting food completely.
> 3. Inculcate a habit to exercise regularly for an hour a day.
> Dr Bijal Srivastava is a full time paediatrician and neonatologist at Dr L H
> Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai.
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