As the weather gets colder, our children tend to eat more and exercise less. Prospan® discusses some health issues and proposes some tips on how to prevent or limit childhood obesity.
The number of overweight or obese infants and young children below the age of five has increased to 41 million in 2016 globally. Unfortunately, if the current trends continue this number will only increase.
Health Problems Associated with Obesity
Like adults, obese children are more likely to develop a variety of health problems such as cardiovascular diseases, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and musculoskeletal disorders, especially osteoarthritis.
Whether you are an educator or a parent, these recommendations from the World Health Organization will help children avoid obesity:
- Limiting energy intake from total fats and sugars.
- Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables, as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts.
- Engaging in regular physical activity (60 minutes a day.)
- Educating kids about serving sizes and how important is to consume the food in moderation.
- Drinking water to stay hydrated throughout the day. It can make them feel full and less tempted to eat sugary and fatty snacks.