One in three children in the United states are obese. The child obesity rates in the US have tripled in the last 30 years. This figure is very alarming, yet not shocking. It is easy to notice the increased number of obese children when out in public. There seems to be more and more larger children these days and the number doesn’t look like it will be decreasing anytime soon.
To diagnose someone as obese, their height and weight have to be measured. These numbers are then used to calculate their body mass index (BMI). The same BMI calculation is used for both adults and children. If the individual’s BMI is over 30, they are diagnosed as obese. There are multiple causes of child obesity and all have to be accounted for when trying prevent obesity.
Some causes of child obesity:
- Inactive lifestyle
- Lack of sleep
Overweight children are more likely to be overweight as adults. This long-term obesity puts children more at risk for long-term health effects and diseases caused by being so overweight. Unfortunately, there are just as many, if not more, diseases obese children can be at risk for as there are causes for the obesity.
Some diseases obese children are at risk for:
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
This growing issue is often downplayed in the public’s eye and it is time for that to change. The goal for this blog is to help fight and prevent child obesity. Information and resources will be provided for parents to help prevent their child form becoming obese, or to help their child fight their obesity. Hopefully, awareness can be raised and the rates of child obesity will decrease!