Obesity occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height, greater than 20% of an individual's ideal weight.  The methods to determining body fat directly are difficult.  The diagnosis of obesity is often based on BMI. Not all children carrying extra pounds are overweight or obese. Some children have larger than average body frames and children normally carry different amounts of  body fat at various stages of development   The BMI indicates if your child is overweight for his or her age and height; so just looking at your child is not always a true method.
Using a growth chart, your doctor determines your child's percentile, meaning how your child compares with other children of the same sex and age. Due to the rising prevalence of obesity in children and its many adverse health effects, it is being recognized as a serious public health concern.
How Childhood Obesity Develops

Childhood obesity is a medical condition often defined as an increase in body weight that is greater than 20% of an individual's ideal weight.  Obesity can be caused by putting on extra weight at a very young age, often traced to an unhealthy lifestyle. Most of the time it's caused by kids eating too much and exercising too little. In this fast life people don't have the time to prepare healthy meals or even exercise. Fast food has replaced  healthy diets and video games have replaced most physical activity. Children, today, prefer burger combos over nutritious meals with very little fruits or vegetables, if any. This can lead to weight gain. Childhood obesity statistics show that obese children and especially those in the teenage years have a 70% chance of becoming obese adults. What is worse is, that percentage increases if either one or both of the parents are obese.

Effects of Childhood Obesity

The effects of childhood obesity can be devastating at this stage. It can have psychological effects as well as physical effects.
Childhood obesity can have psychological as well as  physical effects on your child
Parent Prevention

Whether your child is overweight or not you should take proactive measures to help your child from becoming obese. Schedule yearly wellness visits with a doctor. This will help you monitor your child’s condition. Parents should educate their children on healthy eating habits, but most importantly about staying physically active. Simply put, the way to fight obesity is to burn more calories than you take in.
Childhood obesity will not be cured overnight, but we do know it occurs when they eat too much and exercise too little.
Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has become a significant problem for our state. Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It is often called the pediatric epidemic of the new millennium.  Obese children have been increasingly diagnosed with risk factors for cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even type 2 diabetes.   A condition once seen exclusively in adults.  In addition, overweight children experience problems with joints more often than normal-weight children. The long-term consequences of obese children are a great concern to public health experts fear obese children are at high risk of becoming obese adults. Experts on longevity have concluded that today’s young people might live even shorter lives than their parents.
Psychological effects often include a very low self-esteem, fear of being disliked by friends and other peers. Sometimes even being bullied by other children, this can lead to depression.  Childhood obesity may even lead to the child shying away, eventually opting for anti-social things like
drugs or alcohol. Obesity in children can be a silent killer. Overweight children often face stigma and suffer from emotional and social problems.
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A diet that includes more fruits and vegetables and less starchy foods and foods high in sugar can lessen your child's risk of becoming obese.  This simple step along with at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity can make a big difference.
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we found to be effective to motivate walking, is by starting walk groups in your communities.  We should utilize our walking trails and parks around the state to set up these walk groups.  At the same time, we get a chance to see how beautiful our state really is.  Group walking is very motivating and one of the
safest forms of outdoor exercising, because there is safety in numbers.  We have found that partnering with people with the same interests on a common goal can help motivate you in achieving that goal.  Please join us in achieving our goal in making Mississippi one of the healthiest states in the nation.

Why Walking Is Good for Your Body
Walking is a very good way to improve your health. This is a way to get healthy and stay healthy. It helps you sleep, function and feel better!

The benefits to walking
Walking is an easy exercise that will strengthen both the muscles and the bones . This means that anyone who has joint problems will be able to do this exercise too. Walking will also help you to burn calories while you shape and tone body.
  • Helps strengthen your body and bones
  • Improves your mental health
  • Reduces your risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabete
  • Reduces your risk of  high cholesterol
  • Weight loss  (Trim your waistline)
Many people use walking as a time to pray, meditate or just think. Walking lets you relieve stress, clear your mind, tap into your creative side, think of new ideas and sometimes solve problems.
Walking can make you look and feel great for many years. Overall it’s a great investment
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