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Helping Your Overweight Child to Weigh Normal

Over the years the children who are obese are growing by the number. This may not come as a shock anymore as many kids are engaged in playing video games and watch television all day long rather than engaging in sports and playing outside. Parents are also very busy to prepare nutritious foods for their children making these kids eat junk foods that are readily available. That is why it is to no wonder why the children of today weigh heavier as compared to the children who are born ten or twenty years ago.

Some parents think that when their child is heavy, it means he is healthy. On the contrary, child obesity is linked to a lot of diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and certain cancers. The earlier you control your child and correct his weight, the greater chances he has in preventing the occurrence of those diseases mentioned above.

Here are some of the ways on how you can help your overweight child to weigh normal:

  • Weigh your child and tell him what his normal weight should be. When your child knows how heavy he should weigh, he will know how to control his appetite.
  • Set realistic goals with your child. As much as possible let your child decide on how much weight he needs to lose and what diet regimen he should be into.
  • In a calm and friendly manner inform your child about the harmful effects that obesity can do to his health. Make sure that your child understands your point without giving him fear.
  • Prepare healthy foods at home. When you want your child to weigh normal, the foods served at home should be healthy as much as possible, fatty foods should be eliminated. Modify your menu so that your child won’t feel left alone thinking that he is the only one eating vegetables and other healthy dishes.
  • Exercise together. Every day you can have a thirty minute walk around the neighborhood at a time where both of you are free. During weekends you can also plan different sport activities together with the rest of the family like cycling and having ballgames at the park. You are like hitting two birds at one stone by doing these; you are encouraging your child to exercise plus you are having bonding moments with the family.
  • Prepare his lunch and snacks for school. Make sure that the foods you are preparing are less in fat. Try other food preparations that are healthy yet it still makes the food of your child tasty. Instead on frying, you can try grill or steam in cooking. In making sandwiches for snacks, use dressings that are low in fat.
  • Limit dining out to fast food restaurants at least twice in a week. Yes the foods served at most fast food restaurants are unhealthy, but your child needs to have a break too. They also need to be like other children who miss eating burgers and fries. Just tell your child that eating these foods once in a while is okay just as long he doesn’t go for second serving and added dressings.
  • Weigh your child weekly. In this way both of you will know if he is progressing in achieving his goals or not. If he is losing weight, give him rewards. A simple hug and words saying that you are proud of him will surely make him happy. If he did not lose weight, comfort him and tell him not to give up. Children can be depressed when their goals are not met so it is best to reassure them that they can achieve them next time.

Your role as a parent is really very important in having your child maintain a healthy weight. Your child’s health greatly affects how you advocate being healthy in the family.

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Tonsillectomy Scare: Know How It can lead to Overweight Children

Most children under the age of 15 suffer from sleep disorders brought by blockage of the tonsils in the airway. To avoid this condition parents are often advised by doctors to perform a tonsillectomy. It is a procedure wherein the tonsils are removed from the throat. This surgical procedure is often advised for people who constantly suffer from tonsillitis and sleeping disorders, the former posing a danger to develop rheumatic heart disease if there are recurrent infections. Tonsillectomy can either be with or without adenoidectomy. The surgery is done as an outpatient procedure and recovery usually takes two to three weeks. Parents will need to watch out for bleeding and frequent swallowing which can be a sign that there is perfuse bleeding in the throat.

Recent studies shows that there is an accelerated weight gain in children who undergone tonsillectomy. While some doctors will argue tonsillectomy does not directly cause weight gain but it can predispose a child into eating more because of the removal of the blockage that is causing discomfort in eating in the past. Children who often have recurrent tonsillitis suffer from dysphagia or difficulty in swallowing and this leads to poor eating habits. Thus the children are poorly nourished and underweight. After tonsillectomy the discomfort in eating is removed and children are encouraged to eat more and since they are still in their growing years the chances of growth are doubled.

Parent also plays a major role in the increase in caloric intake for children who just had tonsillectomy. Parents will naturally encourage their child to eat more thinking that they would recover faster from the surgical procedure.

Parents and children who had a tonsillectomy should work together to maintain a well balanced diet to avoid the scare of gaining weight after the procedure. Parents should be informed of the proper foods to serve to their children focusing more on vegetables and fruits rather than junk foods and sweets. Parents should also encourage regular physical activity in their children to burn excess calorie intake from food. Children are naturally energetic and playful which is why encouraging them to increase their physical activity will not be difficult.

Overweight and obesity among children is not just a problem resulting from a surgical procedure such as a tonsillectomy but it shows a deeper problem in the society wherein our kids are slowly becoming unhealthy. With increased frequency of food advertisements in tv, media and internet children are exposed to tasty, delicious yet not so nutritious foods. Fast food chains like hamburgers, fries and doughnuts are popular among kids and parents will not always be around to supervise what their children eats. Parents should really focus on teaching their kids about healthy eating at an early age to instill in them the value of nutritious foods. Parents can still prepare healthy foods that are equally tasty and delicious compared to those served in fast food chains without the excess trans fat and calories.

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Weight Loss Methods for Children

Childhood obesity is a growing problem not only in America but apparently, it is also  a problem in several other countries in the the world. Fortunately, childhood obesity is a condition that can be prevented by parents. Admittedly, even if heredity plays a key factor in determining if one is at risk, discipline and the determination still plays the crucial role.

As compared with adults, children are not really that conscious about their overall health status. If they gain weight, apart from being picked on at school, they would not be able to realize that there are other host of diseases they will suffer from if they don’t maintain their optimal weight. Basically, they just don’t care about how fat they may really look like, so there is no guilt when it comes to devouring all sorts of foods. Unfortunately though, losing weight for a child is far different when compared to a dieting adult.

Firstly, you should consider that your child is at the crucial stage of growth and development. Therefore, crash dieting is a no-no. Plus, you will have to make sure that no nutritive element or compound is taken for granted. For instance, introducing a low fat diet for those under two years of age may prove harmful as babies need fats for the development of their nervous system as well as other organs.

One good approach to weight loss is to involve the whole family so as not to alienate the concerned child. With the siblings, incorporate lots of vegetables and a good portion of lean meat in the diet. Stay away from anything that is refined, sugary, processed and unnatural. Don’t allow picky eaters in the dining table. Set the example so that your child will follow suit. As early as possible, teach your child about the healthy options he can have. For example, you may say encourage pasta over fries and a carrot stick over a slice of cake. The pro-active stance you take and a little explanation of the benefits reaped from eating the healthier options will teach the child earlier on.

Another option you may want to have is to let your child help you in the preparation of foods. Let your child peel the banana for his cereal or let him wash the vegetables. Other parents also resort to having their own vegetable garden. Allow your child to tend the garden by letting him to the watering of the plants. This way, he becomes more appreciative of the foods he ingests.

Exercise is another effective approach. Although you may not be hitting the gym or any other fitness center; taking the attention of your child away from the television is a way to fight off a sedentary lifestyle. Again, involve the whole family and do the exercises on a regular basis. Remember that the exercises need not be a structured one; you may play outdoors or engage in biking, running, swimming or even walking. Some parents enrol their children in sports classes. The point here is to make sure that your child steers away from video games which could be a reason for his gained weight. In some households, totally banning video games have been the answer to obesity woes.

Lastly, be the ultimate example for your child in the approach you have towards maintaining optimal health.

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Combating Child Obesity

There are a lot of children now a day’s who are either overweight or obese. Some parents may think that it is okay for their children to be fat. These parents believe that being obese won’t give the child problems since he or she is still young. But on the contrary, being obese at a young age can potentially give a lot of health problems to the child.

A child can weigh beyond normal for a variety of reasons. This can be due to a child’s inactivity like spending more time watching television or playing computer games rather than playing outdoors. Other factors that may lead a child to be obese includes poor eating habits, with conditions that affects metabolism, and if obesity runs in the family.

Here are some of the ways on how to combat child obesity:

  • Encourage physical activity. Do not think that your children are safer watching the television rather than play outdoors. Yes it may true to some extent but being inactive lead to obesity. It is best that a child has at least thirty minutes of physical activities each today to get rid of those unwanted calories and eventually weigh normally.
  • Set a good example. Children follow what their parents do. So if they see you drinking soda and indulging on sweets every time, then most likely your child will follow you too.
  • Modify your home menu. If you want your child to lose weight then cook foods that are healthy. You can always find alternatives like cooking leaner meats rather than those with fats. Try other ways to prepare food like broiling or grilling. But if you can’t get away with frying then try to use vegetable oil. They are healthier as compared to regular oils.
  • Cut the junk food. Make sure that your kitchen counter is free from sinful delights like chips and chocolates. They are very high fat content and will certainly make your child bigger and bigger especially when eaten every day. Instead stock on healthy alternatives like low fat oatmeal cookies and fiber enriched bread.
  • Make their snacks for school. Although this may be inconvenient especially for working parents, but it is the best for you to watch what they eat. The school’s cafeteria sells mostly unhealthy foods rich in fat and salt. These foods can make one fat.
  • Enroll your children to sports or dance. This is a good avenue for them to exercise and also form friendships. When a child exercises his or her chances of becoming obese is lessen.
  • Tell your child the risks and consequences of being obese. In this way they will be aware of the potential dangers and they will cooperate in planning to minimize his or her weight gain.

It is very important that the child weighs normally. When a child is obese he or she can lead to a lot of conditions like diabetes and heart problems. As parents, it is our primary duty took after our children and that includes managing their weight to normal levels. We should act now before it is too late.

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Pediatric Obesity

Pediatric obesity is a medical condition that can affect children. Recent studies have shown that there are a growing number of children who are considered obese. Aside from the fact that the child has weight issues, it could also affect his self-esteem and could often lead to childhood depression, which has a great effect on his development. Doctors recommend that the family should be involved in the practice of regular exercise and proper diet to battle obesity. By treating childhood obesity, you can be assured that your children will grow healthy.

What is Pediatric Obesity?

Pediatric obesity or childhood obesity is a condition wherein a child is said to be above normal when it comes to his weight for his age and his height. Childhood obesity is a serious condition which should be attended to by parents because it could lead to some serious illnesses when he grows up like high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and possibly diabetes.

What are the Symptoms of Obesity?

If you are worried that your child is obese because he is bigger and heavier than all other children you see, it would be best to consult his pediatrician. Not all kids who carry those extra pounds are classified as obese because when a child is developing, they grow and gain weight.

It is recommended that you see your child’s pediatrician and have him check on your child’s weight. From here, the doctor could tell you if his current weight and body structure could lead to some serious health concerns in the future, as well as how to plan on preventing this. This is usually determined by computing your kid’s BMI or Body Mass Index. This index will tell the doctor if your child classifies as overweight for his normal height and age. You doctor will also be using growth charts and compare these statistics to the charts of other children of the same height, sex and age.

What are the Causes of Obesity?

Some of the causes of childhood obesity include hormones and genetic diseases like Cushing’s syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome. But it has to be noted that a very small percentage of children are affected by these diseases. The major causes of obesity according to child experts are lack of exercise and excessive food intake.

What are the Risk Factors of Obesity?

A lot of factors affect obesity, especially when they work in combination. These are:

 

Family History

A child who hails from a family who are overweight would more likely become obese especially when he is influenced by their lifestyle.

Exercise and Diet

A child who eats a lot of foods high in calories, sugar and fats are more likely to become obese. Also, when your child drinks too much soda and eats mostly fast food, he will more likely end up overweight. In addition, children who are not fond of exercise could be a candidate for obesity, especially those children who spend their time playing video games and watching television all day for they do not burn their fats properly.

Other Factors

Other factors which contribute to obesity include psychological factors such as eating to cope with stress and depression; family factors like their lifestyle and eating habits; and socioeconomic factors which include the financial incapability of a family to nourish their children well.

 

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Less Salt Equals Less Soda Intake in Kids…

Scientists at St George’s University of London have found that children who consume less salt have a tendency to drink less fluids in general (and therefore less sugared soft drinks). This also reduced their chances of high blood pressure, obesity and other health related problems later on in their lives.

The study was carried out in the UK on approximately 1600 boys and girls aged between 4 and 18 years old. The researchers calculated that if a child had a 1g reduction in their daily salt intake, it would reduce their soft drink consumption by as much as 27g a day.

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No TV for kids under 3…

(United Kingdom): A psychologist told Members of Parliament yesterday that children under 3 years old should not be allowed to watch TV at all as it can adversely affect their linguistic and social development. It could also pose increased health risks such as obesity, ADHD and autism.

Dr A Sigman, a member of the Institute of Biology and a British Psychological Society fellow, believed that 90 minutes of television a day is enough to cause such damage.

The doctor also mentioned that children aged between 3 and 7 years should only be allowed 30 minutes to an hour’s worth of television a day.

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Helping Your Overweight Child

At the start of a New Year our minds often turn to health and weight loss. Helping your overweight child to make changes in their life at this time of year requires a little forethought.

Encouraging your child to eat a more healthy diet and take more exercise should be done in a way that promotes the physical advantages of good health, and does not consider appearance issues. Discussing cosmetic issues with a child can lead to problems with self confidence and also possibly eating disorders. Tell a child that vegetables will help them grow strong rather than lose weight.

Exercise, of course, is an important part of keeping a lean and healthy physique. Try and include your child in any physical activities you may do, and try and encourage some time away from TV and video games. Joining a club in the new year is a great idea, be it swimming, hiking, or whatever sport you prefer.

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