American kids are making headlines. But, the news isn’t something to cheer about. Turns out they are becoming more overweight than ever before.
Today, about 16 percent of children ages 6 to 19 are overweight, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the number is steadily increasing.
The dangers of being overweight in childhood are the same as in adulthood: heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, the precursors to type 2 diabetes and even some forms of cancer.
Experts say children need at least one hour of physical activity each day. Is your child this active?
Parents play a big role in shaping children’s eating and physical activity habits. Helping your child maintain a healthy weight requires a long-term commitment with modifications the entire family should embrace.
Here are a few suggestions from the experts at NIDDK.