As per the assumptions of the World Health Organization (WHO), Child Obesity is one of the serious problems of the 21st century, which has been found to be increasing in the recent years to which prevention is only the better cure.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported that 17.5 percent of the children in US aging from 3 to 19 years are suffering with Obesity. A condition which has increased in the 1980’s and later on decreased in the last decade. However, toddler obesity has decreased staying below 10 percent according to the study by the CDC.
Studies suggest that parental education, race and income are factors all contributing to the obese condition of the children. This also includes culture and environmental surroundings influence.
CDC experts agree that children of US were influenced by the commercial food surroundings with a bulk of ads encouraging them to have less healthy foods and which is resulting in the children being exposed to a potentially harmful lifestyle from an early age.
Speaking on the measures to be taken to prevent child obesity experts from the American Health Association made the following suggestions:
- It is very important that parents take the responsibility of their Child’s diet. Telling children to have a good diet is not enough. They must be guided through the process.
- Limiting sugar and fats in Children’s diet is the most effective method to control child obesity. However, it is easier said than done. Children to tend to eat a lot of items which contain more amount of fat and sugar levels. Hence, early monitoring of the child’s food habits are necessary.
- Children must be cultured in a way that they love doing exercise every day and must be encouraged towards out-door games rather than playing indoors with electronic gadgets.
- It is also suggested that just born babies must be breastfed for a period of one year, as studies suggest that children grown up on breastfed had a fewer cases of obesity. Inputs from CSmonitor.