CTN NEWS – Obesity is one of the most rampant health issues that have affected a large proportion of the world’s population. The problem gets even more alarming as it is not restricted to just adults but now children have also fallen prey to it.
Obesity is defined as the condition when there is excessive or abnormal fat accumulation in a person’s body. When the body mass index (BMI) of an individual exceeds 30, he is considered to be obese.
World Obesity Atlas 2022, 27 million children with it.
According to the World Obesity Atlas 2022, there will be more than 27 million children with obesity in 2030 in India.
This includes over 12 million obese children aged between five and nine years and more than 14 million children of 10 to 19 years of age. Obesity is linked to a number of chronic diseases and can pose a major health risk.
It can lead to cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and heart disease and other issues like diabetes.
With it rising rapidly, especially among children, it is important to safeguard the young ones against it through adequate measures. Below are some tips for preventing childhood.
1. Eating Healthy
Many kids these days have a poor diet which consists of sugary drinks, fried items, and other processed foods. Binging on these snacks can have a direct impact on the health of children and cause unhealthy weight gain or obesity. It is important that a child does not eat excessive calories and consumes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pulses, and legumes. Avoid eating processed, fatty, canned, and junk food to prevent weight gain.
Being physically active can be effective in keeping obesity and unhealthy weight gain at bay. Including exercise in the daily routine of children can help them burn excessive calories and strengthen their bones and muscles. Indulging in physical activities such as walking, swimming or cycling also leads to good sleep which in turn helps in preventing obesity in children and adults too.
3. Good sleep schedule
Good sleep is key to a healthy lifestyle. Sleeping well can help prevent a range of health problems like 2 diabetes, obesity, and behavioral issues. When a child is sleep deprived or is not taking enough sleep, he is likely to be at a greater risk of gaining unhealthy weight.