Your kid’s diet is extremely important, especially if your son or daughter is a bit heavier than he or she should be.
According to the American Heart Association, about one out of every three children in the United States is obese. That figure has tripled from 1971 to 2011. Powell Pediatrics explains that childhood obesity is the number one concern that parents and doctors have about kids. Childhood obesity actually tops smoking and drug abuse.
Childhood obesity can cause other health problems that, in the past, were not seen until kids became adults. Those health problems include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also cause depression, low self-esteem, and unhealthy thoughts about body image.
Powell Pediatrics explains that the healthiest way to change your child’s weight is gradually. Focus on small changes when it comes to physical activity and eating habits. Make those changes permanent and your child will thank you for it.
For more information regarding childhood obesity, call and schedule an appointment with Powell Pediatrics today.