Children's Health Tips

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9. Our children are not exercising, we must motivate them to do it

Contrary to what we see these days in the attitude of many adults, who enthusiastically embrace exercise as part of their daily life in order to enhance health, Our Children are now, more than ever before in history, choosing to live a sedentary life.

Statistics show that today’s children – between the ages of 2 to 12 – watch about 5 hours of television every day, and devote almost the rest of their non-sleeping time to video games and computer chat. Only one-third (1/3) of all elementary school children participate in schools’ physical education (PE) programs which have been largely reduced (and even eliminated from many schools) since the beginning of the 90’ s. These reductions in the amount of physical activity in schools have resulted in an increase of children’s bodies remaining inactive, fact which ultimately lowers their Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) – which, simply said, means their bodies’ capability to convert food into energy when resting.

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Childhood Obesity 2

5. The number and size of fat Cells.
The body stores new Fat either by increasing the number of fat cells (hyperplasia), or by increasing the size of existing fat cells (hypertrophy). This is one of the most important reasons to control Childhood Obesity, since new fat cells are primarily formed during childhood. Each year of adding extra fat cells makes Adult Obesity more difficult to fight.

6. For effective, healthy and permanent weight management, understand that your Obese or Overweight Child or teen should reduce inches of body fat rather than merely lose weight. (more…)

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