childhood obesity

It's approximated that obese children make up between 5 and 25 percent of all children in America. That's a distributing number of seriously overweight kids. And it's frightening, consider that the number of obese kids keeps rising.

Obese children are regrettably at a higher risk for illness and disease than children who aren't overweight. While an obese child lose weight and grow up to be a normal weight adult, the odds of obese kids growing up to be overweight and obese adults is really high.

Being obese as a child raises the chance of developing Type II diabetes, which in a lot of cases is preventable with healthy dieting and good exercise habits. It also step-ups the risk of adult heart disease, joint problems and hypertension.

There's even an exceptional type of high blood pressure heavy kids get. It's also called pediatric hypertension. This occurs when a child's blood pressure is too high, and it's generally caused by the child being obese.

Obese kids face severe health consequences from their heavy childhood. So what can be done to avoid and turnaround childhood obesity? To discover how to stop it, it can help for you to see what induces it in the first place.

A child's risk of being obese is greatly increased if he or she has obese parents. If both parents are obese the risk is really high. With one obese parent the risk is increased but not as high as though both parents are very heavy.

This is a factor due to the obvious eating patterns within the family. If both parents are obese, they are probably not setting an example as far as nutrition and exercises. And because the child will be given the meals that the adults eat, it's easy to see how it could be really easy for a child to gain weight.

And genetic endowment does play a role. While heredity can't in itself make a child fat, if a lot of family members had weight issues it can display a natural predisposition toward gaining weight and getting those related health problems.

Obese kids also spend plenty hours each week doing passive activities rather than actively playing and getting exercise. Watching television seems to be the greatest offender with heavy kids often spending many hours every day just watching television.

Factor in the time spent playing video games and on the Internet, and there is not much time imparted for physical activities. The new breed of video games that get individuals up and moving around may help, but it's difficult to counteract many hours of sitting still watching television every day.

For obese kids, the best thing parents can do is set fine examples. Serving healthy, nourishing meals while watching out for things like calories and carbs is important. Scheduling family activities that put everyone physically active and making fitness priority can set the arena for healthier kids. Obese children require adult guidance to help them make healthier lifestyle preferences and drop off weight to protect their future health and happiness.