Parents Can Help Childhood Obesity

Here’s the skinny on your child’s health—the food kids crave is loaded with fat, sugar, and calories. But are their eating habits just “kids being kids,” or the beginning of destructive lifelong habits?

The latest studies are food for thought: one in five young children is overweight to obese, putting them at higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other serious medical problems.

The three main causes of childhood obesity are unhealthy diet, poor sleep, and a lack of exercise. Genetics can be a factor, but family lifestyles weigh much heavier.

That means parents need to lead by example … serve healthy meals, get more sleep, exercise with your children — and junk the junk food, except as a rare treat.

Healthy habits don’t need to have an age restriction.

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2 Responses to Parents Can Help Childhood Obesity

  1. Anne says:

    16 yr old female, 5’4″ 150, anemic (ferritin 16), taking Ferrous Sulfate and Vit c bid, fatigue, craves carbs and sugar. more suggestions please?

  2. We regret that Dr. Walt will not be able to answer individual medical and pharmaceutical questions.

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