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Due to the number of emergency situations we are facing, not only locally but nationally, we thought we would share this information that may help assist you in planning for an emergency situation or disaster.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

 

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month offers opportunities for families to prevent childhood obesity early and to address the issue early. Children who have obesity issues are more likely to have those same issues as adults. Addressing them now prevents lifelong health issues such as diabetes, certain cancers, heart and sleep disorders.

 

Children with obesity may face physical, emotional and financial obstacles in the future, as well.

Consequences of Obesity

 

More Immediate Health Risks

 

Obesity during childhood can have a harmful effect on the body in a variety of ways. Children who have obesity are more likely to have High blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

 

Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. Breathing problems, such as asthma and sleep apnea.  Joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort.

Fatty liver disease, gallstones, and gastro-esophageal reflux (i.e., heartburn).  A family eating a healthy meal outdoors

Childhood obesity is also related to:

 

Psychological problems such as anxiety and depression.

Low self-esteem and lower self-reported quality of life.

Social problems such as bullying and stigma.

As a parent, you can help shape your child's attitudes and behaviors toward physical activity, and knowing these guidelines is a great place to start. Throughout their lives, encourage young people to be physically active for one hour or more each day, with activities ranging from informal, active play to organized sports. Here are some ways you can do this:

 

A positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself.

Make physical activity part of your family's daily routine by taking family walks or playing active games together.

 

Give your children equipment that encourages physical activity.

Take young people to places where they can be active, such as public parks, community baseball fields or basketball courts.

Be positive about the physical activities in which your child participates and encourage them to be interested in new activities.

 

Make physical activity fun. Fun activities can be anything your child enjoys, either structured or non-structured. Activities can range from team sports or individual sports to recreational activities such as walking, running, skating, bicycling, swimming, playground activities or free-time play.

 

Instead of watching television after dinner, encourage your child to find fun activities to do on their own or with friends and family, such as walking, playing chase or riding bikes.

Be safe! Always provide protective equipment such as helmets, wrist pads or knee pads and ensure that activity is age-appropriate.