plate of donuts

Child Obesity

Title says it all really. An epidemic of fat children is now causing problems not only in the short term, but for the long term too. Increases in diabetes is already common in younger adults for example.

Increasingly of concern in society is child obesity. An issue for parents, an issue with both health and social consequences and an issue that shows no signs of slowing down. Being overweight when you're young inevitably follows you to in to adult life.

Parents of overweight children are right to be concerned about child obesity, and will have many questions about how and why it occurs, and what can be done about it.

What are The Causes of Child Obesity?

There are a whole range of causes, but these will include:

  • Lack of physical activity or regular exercise
     
  • Excessive sedentary behaviour - tv watching, video games, movies
     
  • Socioeconomic status - higher levels of obesity with low family incomes/non-working parents.
     
  • General eating habits - high-calorie foods, ready made meals and lack of fresh veg
     
  • Environment - over-exposure to high-calorie food advertising and no recreational facilities
     
  • Genetics - children with overweight parents are much more prone to weight problems

While causes are clear, the answers are not always as simple. Issues arise such as, are kids too concerned about their weight? What are the best strategies for prevention? What treatments work over a long time?

How Can You Prevent Obesity?

Prevention centres around issues such as creating a healthy eating environment, creating a physically active environment, and modeling good behavior for kids to follow. These are essential both in the home and also in school. If parents suspect that their kids have serious health, psychological or social problems as a result of weight gain, they should of course consult their doctor.

You may also be interested in...

  • Causes Of Child Obesity

    Trying to understand the causes of childhood obesity, as more and more children in the UK become overweight learn more about the causes and what you can do.
  • How To Prevent Child Obesity

    With more and more overweight kids, attention is turning to child obesity prevention and what we can do to improve the situation. Find out what you can do and more on slimming.co.uk.
  • The Statistics Behind Childhood Obesity

    Of growing concern are child obesity statistics with increasing numbers of boys and girls under the age of 11 now seriously overweight. Discover how to make sure your child is healthy on slimming.co.uk.
  • Simple Facts About Obesity

    Cut through all the noise and read some simple facts about obesity that may help your slimming goals.
  • Effects of Childhood Obesity

    Health professionals have labelled the effects of child obesity as an epidemic. Find out how to help stem this problem on slimming.co.uk.
Close close

Join over 50,000 Slimmers

Select your areas of interest