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Friday, February 12, 2010

ChildHood Obesity: Why is it everyone's business?

Did you know that an obese teenager has a 70% chance of becoming an obese adult? During their youth, obese children are more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 Diabetes. The conditions that were once only seen in adults are becoming more and more common in children. It's a scarey thought!!

How Can We Keep our Children at a Healthy Weight?
You can help keep your child(ren) at a healthy weight and prevent obesity by encouraging and setting an example yourself by eating healthy and exercise. Even for you, it's a good thing to develop healthy habit, regardless of your age.

According to the United States Dietary Guidelines, children should do the following:

* Consume whole-grain products often; at least half the grains (e.g., breads, cereals, rice, crackers, etc.) should be whole grain.
* Consume 2 cups per day of fat-free or low-fat milk or equivalent milk products for children 2 to 8 years old. Children 9 years of age and older should consume 3 cups per day of fat-free or low-fat milk or equivalent milk products.
* Keep total fat intake between 30-35% of calories for children 2 to 3 years old and between 25-35% for children and adolescents 4 to 18 years old. Most of the fat consumed should come from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, such as fish, nuts and vegetable oils.
* Consume sufficient amounts of fruits and vegetables.
* Prepare and eat meals at home 5 or 6 times/week.
* Provide a healthy breakfast every day.
* Bouts of physical activity should last 15 minutes or more several times throughout the day.
* Periods of inactivity should last no more than 2 hours.

source: USDA.org

1 comment:

Davon Jacobson, Md said...

I really enjoyed your post because, from a medical viewpoint, I have seen amny obese children grow to be obese adults. They do not have a grip on their eating habits as children, and it carries over into their adult lives. Keep up the great work with your articles and please stop by my health blog sometime. The web address is http://healthy-nutrition-facts.blogspot.com/.

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