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Helping Kids Eat Well, Move Well and Feel Well

Sep 16, 2021

Helping Kids Eat Well, Move Well and Feel Well

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity affects 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the United States. Obesity impacts children just like adults – putting them at increased risk for chronic health conditions, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes. Children with obesity may face physical, emotional, and financial obstacles in the future as well.

Factors that influence childhood obesity:

Socioeconomic factors can also influence childhood obesity:

There are many reasons why a child may be increasing in weight. If a child is considered obese, their obesity and disease risk factors can continue into adulthood. By improving some of these factors that influence childhood obesity, we can reduce disease risk factors and promote healthy lifestyles for children.

Here are some ways to promote healthy growth in children and prevent obesity:

Overall, consuming nutritious foods and participating in physical activity can help children grow and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Children who follow a healthy lifestyle often have fewer school absences, higher academic achievements, higher self-esteem, and fewer behavior problems and are setting themselves up for a better, healthier future.

 

Story Credit: Thanks to Karleigh Sudenga, Dietetics Student at South Dakota State University, for providing this story.

 

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