New research has found that one in ten children will be obese in the next five years - what a staggering statistic! Research carried out at the University of London studied statistics between 1995 and 2007. The health survey for England provided the data which takes a sample of UK households.
If the trend continues, then researchers predicted that 1 in 10 boys aged between 2-10 will be obese by 2015, and approximately 1 in 9 girls. In lower income families the statistic was slightly worse. They said 'these increases will affect the lower social classes to a larger extent'.
The research was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health - let's hope the predictions don't become reality. It's so important to get kids up and moving from an early age.
Children who are overweight at a young age risk greater likelihood of health problems in later life, including diabetes and heart disease. Children who are more active in their first few years are statistically more likely to maintain an active lifestyle when they are older.
There is so much that parents and carers can do and its one area where you don't need to spend much money. Going to the local play park, setting off on nature walks round your neighbourhood, heading off the woods and climbing on fallen tree trunks, even walking or scooting to school instead of driving. Enjoy an active lifestyle with your children and they will benefit for years to come. Premium Members of ToucanLearn can search for 'Physical Development' activities 'Outdoor' and find lots of fun games and activities to do outside, specifically aimed at the capabilities of their children!
Recent research has discovered evidence that some cases of childhood obesity are linked to genetic mutations, but the studies suggest that fewer than 2% of cases of obesity in children are caused by genetics. Childhood obesity is reaching epidemic proportions with 1 in 5 children in the US and 1 in 7 in the UK classed as obese.
Obesity is measured by calculating body mass index which is calculated by dividing your height in kilograms divided by the square of your height in metres. A result greater than 30 is considered obese although a high proportion of muscle, which is heavier than fat, can produce misleading results.
Obesity is linked to a number of problems, mental and physical, including:-
Most causes of childhood obesity are linked to lifestyle - nutrition and activity being the two main factors. Parents have a responsibility to look after their children and help their children avoid excessive weight gain. Simple steps that you can take include:-
Childhood obesity is something that you will want to avoid. There is no approved medication for obesity in children but so much can be done by adapting lifestyle. If your children are growing excessively overweight for no apparent reason, then do seek medical advice. There may be more serious underlying problems not linked to lifestyle, but remember that these cases are rare.
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