Childhood Overweight And Obesity
Teenage & Child Obesity
Childhood obesity is a growing concern across all the classes and cultures today. Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. Childhood overweight and obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. This issue has global outreach and is steadily on the rise, especially in the lower and middle income countries. In fact the rate of escalation is quite alarming.
The primary cause that is responsible for rising levels of childhood obesity are energy-rich foods that are high in sugars and fat but low in minerals, vitamins and other healthy nutrients for body forming. Consumption of such foods alongside less physical activity, has resulted in increased rate of childhood obesity.
Overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop non communicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age. Obesity as well as being overweight, can be prevented if intervention happens at the right time. Prevention of childhood overweight and obesity therefore needs high priority.
However, what needs to be noted is that being overweight and obese, along with their side effects can be prevented. If given the proper support and appropriate environment, people’s choices can be shaped into healthier food choice. If this is then coupled with regular physical activity such as ones that are the most available, affordable and accessible, then childhood overweight and obesity can surely be prevented. If a child or a teenager is obese and also has another medical condition, it is extremely important to pay attention to his/her fitness levels and treat the problems systematically so that his/her condition does not deteriorate. Children and teenagers with family history of obesity are at an increased risk of becoming overweight although they might not have excess body fat during the early years of their childhood. Their parents and family members should take extra measures to keep them fit and fine. We, at MissionGoodLife, understand how important it is for the youth to maintain healthy weight levels.
At The Individual Level, We Can :
- Limit energy intake from total fats and sugars;
- Increase consumption of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and nuts, and legumes
- Participating in regular physical activity for a period of 60 minutes every day for children and about 150 minutes in a week for adults
When people have options to a healthy lifestyle and become aware of its long term benefits, and also have access to facilities that lead to a healthy lifestyle, then they will choose it themselves.
The Food Industry Promoting Healthy Diets By:
- Reducing the salt, sugar and fat content of processed foods
- Ensuring that nutritious and healthy choices are made available and affordable for all consumers
- Marketing of foods high in fats, salts and sugars should be restricted
- To ensure the availability of healthy food options and supporting regular physical activity practice
Based upon the guidelines adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2004, the “WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health” which describes the actions needed to support healthy diets and regular physical activity. We at Mission Good Life hope to empower the masses to take action at global, regional and local levels to improve diets and physical activity patterns at the population level. Our childhood overweight and obesity plan recommends addressing the environment and critical periods in the life course to tackle childhood obesity.
Our lifestyle weight management plans help you lose weight in a correct manner. If you follow the suggested plan strictly, you will start seeing results within three months.