Ray of Hope to Fight against Childhood Obesity
Published August 9, 2013
A recent report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed interesting news that there is a significant decrease in the childhood obesity, especially in the pre-schoolers (two to four-year-old kids) from low-income families. This clearly gives a ray of hope to fight against childhood obesity.
The data used for the report is based on the measurements of height and weight of approximately 12 million children in 40 states in the US. The rate of obesity among these children dropped from the year 2008 through 2011, in 19 out of 43 states.
For the first time in record, such results are discernible. Various government assisted programs such as WIC (federal Women, Infants and Children program) and “Let’s Move” program (initiated by US first lady, “Michelle Obama”) are making a plausible difference in the lives of millions of children. These food-assisted programs have encouraged child-care providers to take the following steps in pre-schools:
- Eliminate fried foods and sugary drinks or juices from kid’s diet plan
- Provide educational materials like Healthy Eating for Pre-schoolers and Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children
- Encourage pre-schoolers to be physically more active
- Limit the time for children to watch TV or use computer in child-care
- Motivate kids for healthy eating habits by having healthy meals and snacks with kids
- Provide nutritious foods such and fruits and fresh vegetables for meals and snacks
However, one in eight pre-schoolers is still obese in US. Kids who are overweight or obese at such a young age are five times more likely to be overweight or obese as adults. This further increases the risk of high cholesterol, high blood sugar, asthma, and cancer at later stages of life.
According to a study, children who consume sodas and juices (sweetened with sugar) at are at higher risk of obesity. A regular 20-ounce soda contains 15 to18 teaspoons of sugar, approximately 240 calories. Along with that, unhealthy food choices, lack of physical activity and wrong eating habits are the major causes of obesity in children.
Obesity rates among children are improving, but the road is quite long and more work is required to eliminate this downward trend from roots. Not only government agencies, but also parents need to come forward and help their kids and society in this revolution.
Here are some tips for Parent care:
For quick, easy nutrition and diet tips for families visit ChooseMyPlate.gov
Read more about how parents eating habits influences healthy eating in children (Healthy Eating in Children)
- Progress on Childhood Obesity. http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/ChildhoodObesity/index.html. Accessed on August 8, 2013.
- Evidence of Progress: New CDC report shows Decline in Childhood Obesity Rates among Low-Income pre-schoolers. http://www.letsmove.gov/blog/2013/08/06/evidence-progress-new-cdc-report.... Accessed on August 8, 2013.