Childhood obesity is becoming more common in modern society, not only can children develop inferiority complex, but also cause mobility problems and increase future risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, it needs to be combated early.

Modern life can lead to obesity

  • Diet
    Today’s life is flooded with too many high-calorie foods, often eating fast food, sweets, desserts, and sugary drinks can easily lead to obesity. If you’re accustomed to eating late at night, or overeating, your weight is more likely to get out of control.
  • Watching TV and Surfing the Net
    Studies have shown that putting a TV or computer in a child’s room which offers such convenient access will allow them to spend more time watching TV, going online, and lose interest in other activities. This can lead to lack of physical movement, hence contributes to weight gain.
  • Genes
    Yourself and ancestors could also be blamed, because obesity is partly affected by genes. In other words, if parents have obesity problems, their children have a high chance of obesity too.
  • Lack of exercise
    Children who do not exercise are more likely to gain weight because they burn fewer calories. Diet habits, combined with prolonged sedentary periods, such as watching TV or playing electronic gadgets can exacerbate obesity problems.
  • Psychological factors
    Personal and family stress increases the chances of obesity in children.For example, when asked, some children use overeating to deal with emotions, or to relieve boredom.

Childhood obesity is the root of future harm

Obese children are more likely to have high cholesterol, heart problems, diabetes, bone problems, breathing problems (e.g. sleep apnea, and asthma), skin diseases (such as rash, comb infection, and acne). Obese children are also more susceptible to discrimination in today’s society, leading to low self-esteem, thus impeding academic and social development. Further, psychological problems often persist as adults.

How to help obese children?

If a child is overly obese, be sure to let him know that you are on his side. Children’s feelings and thoughts about themselves are usually changed according to their family’s perception of themselves. If the family accepts him, the child will feel better about themselves. In addition, families should support their children, but also let them understand the health benefits of obesity. Try talking to kids about obesity, let them share their thoughts and concerns, and let them know that their family can help them change. You can try to change your diet and start regular exercise together so that everyone can support each other and grow healthy.

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