While there was some thought that childhood obesity was on the decline in America, a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that more children than ever are at risk for obesity and the other conditions that come with it.
Childhood obesity is an American epidemic, and we all have a role to play in reversing this unhealthy trend. With all the brainpower and expense we spend on the problem, it’s nice to find one solution as close as the nearest patch of grass.
Sadly, today we are seeing that obesity is definitely a growing epidemic among children. I find that a large percentage of my pediatric patients are obese because of poor diet and lack of exercise.
I’ve observed that many of my patients who are overweight eat a lot of processed meats, starchy foods and sugary drinks while consuming few fresh fruits and vegetables.
Another big factor contributing to obesity is children simply don’t get enough exercise. Too many schools have made PE optional.
Obesity can lead to detrimental health effects such as hypertension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, fatty liver, heart disease and early death. But there is good news. Obesity can be reversed by implementing a healthier lifestyle. I know this because I’ve done it myself.