Childhood obesity is a common condition influenced by genetics, physical activity levels, eating habits and sleep patterns. Obese children are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes, asthma, bone and joint issues, sleep apnea and heart problems due to high blood pressure. Below are ways to keep off childhood obesity.

  1. Develop a healthy eating pattern.

Opt for fruits, vegetables, and low-fat or fat-free products. You can buy fresh or canned fruits and vegetables. The canned ones are less expensive and better than fatty and sugar-filled foods. Replace kids’ drinks like flavoured milk and soda with 100% fruit juice, plain milk and water to help them maintain a healthy weight.

  1. Be more physically active.

Physically active children have lower body fat, stronger bones and muscles and a sound cardiovascular system. Kids aged 3-5 should be active throughout the day, while those above six years need at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

  1. Reduce screen time

Let children have limited screen time and more time to move around and be physically active. Alternatively, replace it with something beneficial like family time. Besides reduced body movement, too much TV or tablet watching leads to frequent snacking on unhealthy foods you want to avoid.

  1. Have a consistent sleep routine.

Unhealthy sleep patterns or lack of enough sleep causes weight gain. Children who also don’t sleep enough risk getting type 2  diabetes and have a poor attention span and behaviour. Maintain A consistent sleep schedule for better sleep and to avoid obesity in children.




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