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Preventing Children Overweight


These days, concern about the weight of children and adolescents has grown increasingly, and you may wonder if you should be concerned about your child’s weight. The healthy weight of your child should be determined taking into account different factors such as sex, ethnicity, height, activity level, and physical maturity. Therefore, the best option to find out whether you child is in a healthy weight is consulting a family physician, pediatrician, health department nurse, school nurse or other health care provider. Any of these can check your child’s height and weight and tell if your child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) is higher than normal.

Why is it important to know if your child is overweight? Children with higher-than-healthy weights are at a high risk of developing several illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, joint problems, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, asthma, and sleep disorders. Also, they are often discriminated and suffer low self-esteem and other psychological problems.

You should not try to solve the problem focusing on weight loss right away. Allow your child to increase his or her physical activity and encourage your child to eat healthy foods. This develops in the child good habits that will keep him or her in a healthy weight while growing. Children learn eating habits and food preferences from their parents and caregivers, so it is important that you provide a good role to follow for the child. Additionally, make sure you give your child the support he or she needs and talk with your child about your weight concerns. Try not to set aside the overweight child from the rest of the family with special foods. Instead, the whole family should be involved in the changes of eating habits and physical activities.


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