We all know that eating junk food and watching TV sitting on a couch for hours at a stretch can make kids gain weight. But that is not it. There are few common causes that most of us are unaware of. Dr Ramen Goel, Director, Center of Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai, sheds light on causes of weight gain or obesity in kids.
Late bedtime: Remeber the old adage 'early to sleep, early to rise keeps a man healthy wealthy and wise.' Sleeping late at night not only hinders the sleep-wake cycle but can make your kid gain weight. A study reported that for every hour later that a child goes to bed, their BMI score increases by a small amount.
Skipping breakfast: How many times have you sent your kid to school without a breakfast? You might be raising a fat kid. It is known that skipping breakfast can influence weight gain through increased appetite and the consumption of energy-dense foods.
Less sleep: Even having less sleep can make your kid weigh heavy. Studies have shown that children sleeping longer have lower Body Mass Index (BMI) scores than those sleeping less.
Sugary beverages: We all know that genes can put your kid at risk of obesity. However, limiting the intake of sugary and carbonated beverages can help you lessen caloric overload and in turn prevent weight gain and obesity.
Smartphone addiction: Sedentary lifestyle can slow down the metabolism, increase caloric intake and lead to weight gain and obesity in the long run.