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While obesity is not an uncommon problem among children, things got worse during the pandemic. Lack of exercise, frequent consumption of unhealthy and junk food, and irregular sleeping habits all led to excess weight growth in children.
"Obesity has become a severe concern for children, placing them at risk for a number of chronic health problems such as heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallbladder disease and gallstones, and even cancer. It's essential to prevent your child from obesity since the bad health impacts of childhood obesity can persist well into adulthood," says Sapna Jaysingh Patel, a nutritionist and the founder of Health Before Wealth.
Understanding why your child is gaining weight is crucial. Some causes are common and can be treated easily, while others are more difficult. Here are some of the factors that are contributing to your child's obesity, according to the nutritionist.
Eating high-calorie processed meals such as fried and fatty foods, sugary beverages, and candies on a regular basis can lead to weight gain.
A lack of exercise and outdoor activities, as well as spending too much time doing sedentary activities such as watching television, playing video games, or constantly using phones, all contribute to weight gain.
Obesity may run in the family genetically. If your child comes from a family of obese people, he or she may be more prone to gain weight. However, this does not mean that you cannot prevent your child from acquiring weight; some lifestyle adjustments may assist in preventing weight growth.
Life has become a competition, even for children. Stress and anxiety can be increased by peer pressure and unrealistic parental expectations. Some youngsters may overeat in order to cope with stress, anxiety, or obstacles, leading to binge-eating and putting them at risk of becoming obese.
"It is essential to encourage your child to live a holistic lifestyle and to educate them on the consequences of doing so," says the expert. Here are some ways to encourage your kid to adopt holistic eating habits and stay physically active when they do the following:
Nutritionist Sapna adds, "Parents' role is also important while helping children to prevent obesity. It is said children adopt habits from their parents. They will learn from you if you start eating healthy meals and snacks, include daily physical activity, and build good behaviours."
Developing healthy lifestyle strategies can help your child to prevent obesity. Here are a few preventative measures that may be useful as suggested by Nutritionist Sapna:
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