Childhood obesity is a matter of much concern worldwide and the health organizations and NGOs are working towards creating awareness on this issue. Preventing childhood obesity should be a priority of all the nations. The children hold the future of any nation and if they are faced with health issues then obviously the future of any nation looks bleak. Hence preventing childhood obesity should be something of prime importance.
Obesity is one serious disease that gets detected easily, but nevertheless it is quite hard to fight back. Gain of out of proportion weight resulting due to lack of physical exercise and improper diet takes a toll of around 300,000 lives and costs the society around $100 billion.
The causes of obesity are varied and complex. It may be due to biological, genetic, behavioral, and cultural or a combination of two or more of the causes. Childhood obesity relates to
- Improper food habits
- Lack of physical exercises
- Genetic and family history of obesity
- Side effect of medications
- Medical conditions
- Stressful life events like death, divorce, separation etc.
- Low self esteem
Preventing childhood obesity is a matter of utmost importance because obesity causes the following problems:
- High blood pressure
- Increase in heart disease risks
- Breathing issues
- Troubled sleep
- Emotional problems
To avoid the dire consequences of obesity, preventing childhood obesity is a must. This can be done through bringing in modifications in food habit, control portions, not using food as a reward, healthy snacking, keeping a close tab on food at school, some physical exercises included in daily routine etc. the earlier one starts the better for him.