National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is set up to raise awareness about the childhood obesity epidemic in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three children in the United States is either overweight or obese. Having obesity in childhood sets people up for more health risks later in life, such as developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Although these used to be health problems only seen in adults, they are becoming more common in children.
Promote healthy eating
One of the factors that contribute to childhood obesity is eating habits.
- provide children foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories, such as fruits and vegetables.
- provide no-calorie beverage options, like water, instead of beverages that are high in calories and packed with sugars, such as sodas.
- have them eat the right amount of calories. This is crucial to a child’s physical development. Overeating can do more harm than good and can lead to obesity. Portion out snacks and meals and stop using the “clean plate rule”.