Making Fitness and Weight Management a Family Affair
Obesity is a growing epidemic among both adults and children. Today, three out of every 10 kids are struggling with excess weight. So why worry about this? Carrying extra weight can lead to diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, depression, joint problems, heart disease and heart attacks - all of which ultimately compromise a child's quality of life.
Parents report genetics, thyroid problems or medication side effects as the top three reasons why their children have weight problems. Although these factors may have caused some weight gain, there is good news in that weight is something you can control if you make changes in the environment around you. Large portions, not exercising enough, abnormal eating patterns (such as skipping meals, sneaking food, nighttime eating and binge-eating) and dining out frequently play a bigger role in the rapid rise of childhood obesity.
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