Childhood Obesity: What Parents Can Do

Poor food choices and lack of physical activity can contribute to childhood obesity. Fast food, candy, and soft drinks are the common culprit for obesity and excess weight among children. 

In the Philippines, UNICEF noted that the main reason behind the rise of childhood obesity in the country is unhealthy food marketing. 

Processed foods and beverages are also more affordable and accessible, which could be a convincing factor for parents and caregivers to buy those instead. 

Childhood obesity can cause several health complications for children leaning on the heavier side of the scale. Some of the health problems include: 

  • Heart disease 
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Asthma 
  • Joint pain 
  • Sleep disorders 
  • nonalcoholic fatty liver disease 

 

How To Fight Childhood Obesity 

Parents and caregivers have a role to play in the health of their children. You can start by being a good example to them when it comes to food choices and physical activities. 

Here are what parents can do to help avoid childhood obesity: 

  • Joining them in physical activity: instead of cooping them inside, let them play outside or jog with them. Encourage them to play a sport that they show interest in. 
  • More family activities: plan an outdoor activity with them, may it be a hike or a swim. 
  • Eat with them: show them available healthy food options and set an example. 
  • Cut down screen time: spending time watching TV can urge more cravings to snack. 
  • Present healthier snack alternatives 

 

If you are concerned about your child’s health, take them to your doctor to know more about what you can do. 

 

SOURCE: 
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/overcoming-childhood-obesity-how-parents-can-help-or-hurt#Fighting-the-trends- 

https://www.healthline.com/health/weight-loss/weight-problems-in-children#lifestyle-changes

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