Children's Health Tips

Your Kid is Fat Because of You!

Who drives these kids to the fast food chains?

The level of childhood obesity in this world has reached an epidemic level and the cause is you “the parent”. A child’s eating habits are formed by what you buy and feed them. Their activity levels are dictated by what habits you encourage and allow. The bottom line is that there is no greater influence in a child’s health then the parents.

Go into any restaurant and you will find countless tables of kids less than three years old drinking soda. Those same kids are eating fried processed fast food numerous days of the week. How in anybody’s mind would that seem healthy. If you think that sounds bad how about the average kids breakfast in this country: Pop tarts, high sugar cereals, and McDonalds Egg Mcmuffins all washed down with a glass of less then 25% real juice. Who drives these kids to the fast food chains and who buys all the junk food in the house? YOU!

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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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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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1. When is a child considered obese and Level Chart of Body Fat Percentages for children ages (7 to 12) and teens ages (13-19)?

For Children ( ages 6 to 12 ) and Teenagers( ages 13 to 19 ), we must define what Obesity is and when do they reach that condition. Firstly, we must understand that Obesity is defined as “ an excessive accumulation of body fat “. The total body weight is composed of Lean Body Mass (that is, water, bones, collagen and muscle) and Fat Mass. Secondly, in order to understand the present body fat status of your child or teenager, please refer to the following “ Body Fat Percentage Chart ” that I’ve prepared with information provided by Tanita Ltd., and which classifies him/her by age and gender, from ages 7 to 19, under four levels : Underfat, Healthy, Overfat or Obese.

Look for the answer in the following level chart: (more…)

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