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Five Facts About Children’s Overweight

February 29, 2016

According to Dr. Brian McCrindle and James G. Wengle, authors of Get a Healthy Weight for Your Child, the problem of children being overweight, even obese, has become headline news, discussed in homes, at schools, and among medical professionals. We have been cautioned that overweight children may be at risk of developing life-threatening health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, conditions we typically associate with middle and older age, not with youth.

Despite some naysayers who suggest that studies linking overweight in children with serious health problems is ‘crying wolf’, there is good reason for attending to the problem of overweight in children and for helping your children achieve a healthy weight.

A quick review of the best medical research into this problem shows why following a healthy weight program makes sense. This review should answer your most frequently asked questions about overweight and obesity in children. Rest assured that despite the disturbing statistics and studies, your child can achieve a healthy weight and long-term good health. 


Five Facts About Children’s Overweight

1. Overweight in children has been proven to have important long-term health consequences.

2. Overweight in children can affect their self-esteem, self-image, self-confidence, and emotional well-being.

3. Improper eating habits, poor nutrition, and lack of physical activity, combined with increases in sedentary recreation, contribute to overweight in children.

4. Overweight is caused by an energy imbalance, where more calories are consumed than are used by the body, with the excess calories being stored as fat.

5. Genetics or heredity may have an effect on an individual’s energy balance, causing a person to be more or less likely to become overweight.




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