Fighting Childhood Obesity

In the frenetic and technological contemporary society, the risk that your children will settle in idleness and get used to practicing a substantially sedentary life is very high. In addition to spending many hours seated, still and attentive while in class and while doing homework, there is a tendency to move more and more by car and less on foot and by bicycle, sometimes for fear of parents but more often for a form of laziness. Moreover, the constant presence in our homes of digital instruments such as television, cell phones, tablets and consoles, end up being irresistible temptations, which will lead them to spend their free time indoors, staring at a screen, rather than going out in the open, to go to training, camp or park to socialize and play with other children. To counteract this tendency to sedentariness that, associated with poor eating habits, such as snacks and drinks out of a meal, can cause overweight and child obesity, physical activity and sport are the most effective and positive solution.

Childhood obesity as a massive problem

Childhood obesity is unfortunately a common problem in our culture. The worst thing to know it that a minority of cases have genetic origin or are associated with hormonal and metabolic alterations (eg thyroid dysfunction, hormonal changes). Actually often, obesity is favored by excessive food or incorrect diet, with excessive intake of fat at the expense of sugars and fibers, sedentary disorders and drug addiction.
Other causes of obesity can be:

  • the growing consumption of sugary drinks and fast-food foods
  • the largest number of meals out of the home (often due to prolonged working hours of parents) with more processed foods, often sold in large portions
  • the tendency to cook less in at home.

Effects of obesity

Breathing struggles
Among all the effects of obesity, the most common are pulmonary disorders (breathability, nighttime apnea and asthma), and orthopedic type.
Respiratory sleep disorders are very common in overweight children and relate to a wide range of conditions including increased airflow resistance through the upper airway, resulting in reduced flow of air, air and finally the cessation of breath.

Pain and excessive load on joints
Orthopedic complications are due to the excessive mechanical load that bones and joints support. Not only that, excess weight can cause joint pain, reduce mobility and increase the risk of distortion and fractures. As far as the late consequences are concerned, it should be emphasized that childhood obesity is a predictor of obesity in adulthood. In addition to having greater predisposition to overweight and obesity, the person who has been overweight by weight is more exposed to certain pathologies, especially cardiovascular

Social effects
Teens with obesity’s issues tends to shut the world outside and continue their lives at their own conditions binge-eating junk foods and preferring to spend their time with people understanding that habit. Of course they avoid activities such as sport sessions, outdoor experiences and prefer to live their lives in a static and sedentary way.

How to tackle childhood obesity and physical inactivity crisis

When a sedentary lifestyle and too many pounds are already evident, further measures should be taken. The pediatrician and dietician are in fact the most suitable figures for the purpose of providing targeted intervention, but parents are the most important. Awareness of the damage that obesity can cause to your child’s health must make parents more aware and bring them to eradicate conscientious food behaviors and bad habits over time. The task is difficult but not impossible.  Parents have a crucial role as they can show their kids the right healthy way for a better life. Who? Motivating them, showing them all the positive effects of movement to their lives and, of course, creating a balanced familiar environment made up of communication, healthy nutrition and active outdoor experiences to share with all the other family members!

Active life is the answer

An active life is a tool to feel good, live healthy and prevent many diseases; in order to stay healthy, in fact it is necessary to “move”! A great deal of research demonstrates the favorable effects of motor activity on human health.

A good physical activity improves the overall physical condition and the ability to perform physical work, promotes physical and psychological well-being, reducing anxiety, depression and a sense of loneliness, improves social relationships and quality of life, produces economic benefits and contributes to environmental sustainability.

In relation to disease prevention it contributes to lower blood pressure and hypercholesterolemia values, reduces the risk of cardiovascular events, combats obesity and overweight, prevents the onset of diabetes and osteoporosis.

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