Three Simple Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Three Simple Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Three Simple Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Childhood Obesity

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Although this observational month may not be as highly publicized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October or the ever-popular Movember for prostate cancer awareness, it supports a very serious and widespread problem in America.

According to the opens in a new windowAmerican Heart Association, one in three children between the ages of two and nineteen suffer from obesity. These children are at risk for immediate and long-term health problems as obesity leads to shortened lifespans and a diminished quality of life.

opens in a new windowThe Children’s Hospital of Colorado links the increase in childhood obesity to the changes in our society and culture. Sweetened beverages, larger portion sizes and busier lifestyles resulting in “eating out” on a regular basis are all factors contributing to obesity rates. Getting our children moving will help stop obesity dead in its tracks, but it’s not the only solution.

Here are three lifestyle changes to prevent childhood obesity that can be easily implement this school year to help reduce this growing epidemic.

  1. Slow Down. Not what you were expecting to read? Our fast-paced lifestyles have a negative effect on the health of our children more than we realize. Slow down and plan out your week to keep your kids active, but don’t over schedule them.
  2. Be prepared. Make sure you are always equipped with healthy snacks and water for your children. This will help minimize the need for a “fast food run” before you can make it home to a healthy dinner.
  3. Unplug. Reduce screen time. This includes time spent watching television or playing on the computer or tablet. The opens in a new windowAmerican Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two hours of screen time a day. We challenge you to minimize it even more. Find activities you can do together, such as family walks after dinner or a quick game of tag before bed.

If you have concerns that your child may already be suffering from the effects of childhood obesity, please call any one of our opens in a new windowfamily doctors opens in a new window. Prevention and early intervention are keys to a healthy, happy life.




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