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Feb 20, 2014
Feb
20
2014

Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is on the rise. Childhood obesity is not just a cosmetic problem anymore as these children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disorders at a younger age.

Causes

  • Increased intake of junk and processed food products that are high in fat and sugars but low in vitamins, minerals and other healthy micronutrients
  • Decreased physical activity levels with the growing use of computers, increased time watching television and decreased physical education in schools
  • Heredity and family history of obesity
  • Social and economic development and policies in the areas of agriculture, transport, urban planning, food processing, distribution and marketing
Consequences

A higher chance of premature death or disability in adulthood Obesity into adulthood associated with many short-term and long-term health problems Developing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) like diabetes and cardiovascular disorders at a younger age

Prevention
  • By including more fruits and vegetables as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts in your diet
  • By limiting energy intake of total fats, and shifting fat consumption from saturated fats to unsaturated fats
  • By restricting the intake of sugars and salt rich foods
  • By increasing physically activity, i.e., at least 60 minutes of regular, moderate to vigorous-intensity activity everyday
Just Remember

  • Always start a meal with salads
  • Minimise the use of high-calorie dressings, cheese, butter, mayo and sauces
  • Choose grilled rather than fried foods, thus avoiding items like French fries, fried snacks and deep-fried chicken
  • Select low-fat milk or orange juice rather than high-fat milk shakes
  • Avoid purchasing salt-rich foods like
  • processed cheese, fast foods, ready-to-eat food products, salad dressings, pickles and potato chips
  • Limit the intake of beverages, such as
  • carbonated soft drinks and carton juices
  • Practice balance, variety and moderation in your as well as your family’s diet, and your children are likely to follow suit
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