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Join Us as We Observe National Childhood Obesity Month

Join Us as We Observe National Childhood Obesity Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Month.

Sadly, about 1 in 6 children in the U.S. is considered obese. National Childhood Obesity Month offers us a chance to learn more about this serious health condition and join together to find solutions to keep our kids active and healthy. While there is no easy solution to this health epidemic, there are many ways in which families and communities can support healthy lifestyles for our children. In observance of this National Childhood Obesity Month, here’s information about this public health issue.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is defined by the Body Mass Index (BMI) being 30 or higher. BMI is determined by taking height, weight, and waist measurements. For convenience, there are BMI calculators on the internet. The Mayo Clinic offers one at https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obesity/in-depth/bmi-calculator/itt-20084938

Health Risks

  • Obese children are at a higher risk for chronic health conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint issues, and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, they are at higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
  • Childhood obesity can also have negative effects on a child’s mental health as well. Obese children can be bullied and teased more often than their average -weight peers, and are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and low self-esteem.

Factors Contributing to Childhood Obesity

There are many factors that contribute to childhood obesity from unhealthy behaviors to genetics to social factors. For some children and families, obesity may be influenced by the following:

  • Inactivity
  • Lack of sleep
  • Easy access to high calorie, fat, and sugary foods and beverages
  • Lack of access to fresh, healthy foods
  • Family and home environment
  • Community influences

Ways that Parents Can Help to Prevent Childhood Obesity

As parents, we can support the healthy growth of our children by:

  • Tracking our children’s development. We should be aware of how obesity is measured in children and use these guidelines to screen our children for potential weight issues.
  • Doing our best to provide our kids with lower-calorie, nutritious foods.
  • Encouraging our kids to drink water instead of sugary beverages such as soda and juice.
  • Helping our children get the recommended amount of physical activity each day. We can sign them up for organized sports or simply encourage them to get out and get the exercise that they need.

Being good role models. By doing our best to eat healthily and get enough exercise, we can set a great example for our kids to follow.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we get involved this National Childhood Obesity Month.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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