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Childhood obesity has become a serious problem all across the globe over the last several years. Childhood obesity is associated with various health-related consequences. Obese children may experience immediate health consequences and may be at risk for weight-related health problems in adulthood. Children become overweight or obese for a variety of reasons and this can be prevented if the parents take a right measure at right time. Balance of diet and physical activity can help your child maintain a healthy weight.
The most common causes of obesity in children:
Genetic factors: Obesity tends to run in families. If parents are fat then the offspring also show a tendency to accumulate fat.
Overeating and Lack of Physical Activity: Eating habits and physical activities of a person also contribute to an excess deposition of fat. Obesity happens as a consequence of eating too much and exercising too little.
Psychological disturbances: Tendency to overeat in response to negative emotions like boredom, sadness or anger leads to obesity.
Binge eating disorder: Diseases, certain neurological problems and conditions like Hypothyroidism, Cushing's syndrome lead to overeating which in turn leads to accumulation of fat.
Prevention is better than Cure
Obesity in children can be prevented if the parents are well aware of the causes. There are many things that a parent can do to prevent obesity in their child, including:
Tips to reduce Obesity
The vast majority of overweight children eventually become overweight adults. This may never be uprooted completely, but we can certainly make efforts to help control this current epidemic using some of the ideas recommended above.