Gone are the days when your child used to go out for playing and run around inside the house. As technology has advanced, your children have now become couch potatoes, with everything at their fingertips. Of course, with their gadgets in hand, how can you forget their munchies? This means less exercise and more junk food. As parents you if don’t take it seriously, this can lead to the condition called obesity that starts in early childhood. This condition does not stop here, even after your child grows into an adult, it follows them. So, how can you prevent childhood obesity?
What Is Childhood Obesity?
Obesity is an excessive accumulation of fat in the body that can lead to serious health conditions. Childhood obesity is the same condition of obesity among children and teenagers. Each child has a height and weight proportion according to their age, if their weight is above the average for a child’s height and weight then they are obese.
Is Your Child At Risk?
Most of the children gain unhealthy weight by eating too much and not exercising properly as the energy ingested is not burned properly with proper exercise and diet. The societal trends have made the children less interactive with their environment. There is a decrease in outdoor recreation, sleep, and healthy eating opportunities. Also, nowadays, unhealthy food is cheaper compared to healthy ones. The factors that put your child at risk are:
If they consume a lot of food and drinks that are high in sugar and fat on regular basis such as fast food, candies, baked items, etc.
- They are very comfortable sitting at home idle.
- If they spend too much time on movies and games
- Most of the time children eat to overcome stress and social problems
- They have a history of obese family
- Lack of availability and access to healthy food
- Lack of physical activities
- Changes in lifestyle
How Can Child Obesity Be Prevented?
Make sure that your child works out in some form every day to burn the calories that they have gained from eating. You should encourage your children to choose and eat healthy items like fruits and vegetable.include low-fat dietary products, limit sugar intake, include lean meat, poultry, fishes, lentils and beans to your child’s diet plan. Also, serve your child in reasonable proportion, do not overfeed them. You can also make their favorite dishes healthier. Cut-down all the calorie-rich temptation, it is okay to treat your child once in a while but that can turn up frequent. So, try and avoid buying them snacks and chocolates to treat them. Not a generalized fact, but to some extent children are adamant, so if they keep on asking something that you know that is unhealthy, but out of concern over your child you end up buying them, this is not something good.
As parents, you should learn to say no to your children when you know the consequences. If you are active, your child will also be active, in most of the cases parents are their first role model and they take you up as an inspiration. Take your child for a walk or cycling or swimming, this would build up a good relationship between you and also you are helping your child. Most of the time if the child is obese, they are put into a lot of emotional stress and bullying which your child may not open up to you. Spend more time with your children and provide them the physical and emotional support they are desperately in need of. If things go out of your hand need not panic as the doctors at Sunshine are here to help your child get back to a well planned and maintained lifestyle.
About the Doctor:
Dr Venugopal Pareek – Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Venugopal Pareek is one of the best Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon in the city has done more than 9000 surgeries in 12 years. Trained in the esteemed Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Surgical Oncology, Dr. Pareek has the expertise in Bariatric Surgery. He has attended several conferences and published articles on medicine as well in various national and international journals.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.