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Childhood obesity affects children and adolescents. Extra pounds gained during childhood could lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol later in adulthood. It can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression. 1 in 3 children is overweight or obese. Lifestyle issues - consuming too many calories from junk foods and less physical activity are the main causes of childhood obesity. According to National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey researchers, children between age group 2 - 18 years get about 40% of their calories from just 6 different foods :
1.Soda
2.Sugary fruit drinks
3.Cookies, cakes
4.Ice cream, milkshakes
5.Pizza
6.Whole milk
Metabolic syndrome - cluster of conditions that put your kid at risk for developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health problems. Overweight children tend to have more anxiety and poorer social skills. Kids over the age of 2 years and adolescents whose weight falls in the overweight category should follow weight-maintenance program to slow excess weight gain. Healthy eating can make a huge difference in your child’s health. Opt for more fruits and vegetables, choose water or low-calorie beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Limit screen time and encourage your kids to engage in physical activity. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life can help prevent childhood obesity. Schools play an important role and can provide opportunities for students to learn and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. Weight loss surgery could be the option for severely obese adolescents who have been unable to lose weight by conventional weight loss methods.

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