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Childhood obesity, which is caused primarily by an imbalance between energy intake (diet) and energy output (exercise), is a problem that’s growing at an alarming rate.
Here are a few troubling statistics to illustrate the point:
More than just a temporary social trend, childhood obesity has a direct impact on the health and lifespan of children. What are the risks associated with obesity? How can you tell the difference between normal “baby fat” and a child with a weight problem? What are the solutions? Here are some of the answers to these questions.
As is the case for adults, excess fat accumulation in children and youth increases their risk of developing many long- and short-term health problems, such as:
This is in addition to the impact of obesity on emotional well-being (low self-esteem, depression) and social health (bullying, teasing, rejection).
The BMI of children and youth is calculated in the same manner as it is for adults. You can obtain it easily with the BMI calculator available on our Website or simply by using the following formula:
BMI = weight (kg)/height (m)2
BMI = (weight [lbs]/height [inches]2) x 703
However, all BMI results for children must also be interpreted based on where they are on their growth charts (special charts used to monitor the development of children, teen boys and teen girls over time). Children’s BMI values are plotted on the charts according to their gender and age to determine if they have a health or weight problem.
Restrictive dieting is not the recommended course of action to help children achieve a healthy weight. You should start by consulting a health professional to get an accurate assessment of your child’s situation and obtain professional advice.
You also want to address the issue as a family (not just with the child who has the weight problem) by making lifestyle changes, such as adding exercise to your family routine and encouraging everyone to adopt healthy eating habits.
If you have questions about your child’s health, talk to your family pharmacists. They’ll be more than happy to help.
[UNIPRIX] - The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.