may face weight problems due to various factors. Learn about these factors
causing weight problems in children and help them maintain a healthy weight.
Weight problems and obesity are two major
issues in children which is a matter of great concern if not controlled from
the very beginning. Obesity is the cause of many health related problems and
serious diseases. It is a misconception that children who are obese are
themselves responsible for their body weight.
Overeating and then relaxing without
burning the extra calories by doing various exercises are not the only reasons
behind obesity. On the other hand consuming foods with low nutritive values, in
adequate calories, lack of right nutrients etc can be a cause of low weight. There
are a lot of other contributors to weight problems. Some of the causes are
discussed below. Have a look at these.
This is one of the reasons behind weight
problems. Family history plays a very important role in a childâ€™s physique.
Children born in a family where most of the members are obese cannot be
expected to have a normal body type naturally. To keep one physically fit one
has to do exercises regularly and devotionally. But the main reason of
is overeating and exercising very little. The extra calories get deposited as
body fats which makes the person obese.
It is natural that every child nags while
eating. But it becomes the responsibility of the parents to ensure proper diet
for their children. If necessary you may consult a paediatrician. He can guide
you about the proper diet chart for your kids. High calorie food should be
avoided. Foods with a higher nutrient content is what that should be added to
the diet of the child. Junk
foods and soft drinks should be avoided as much as possible.
Working parents rely on convenience foods
for their kids. They rely on frozen foods and canned foods to save their time.
These are the main culprits of weight problems. Whenever their kids are hungry
they hand over some salty snacks
or some canned foods to pacify the kids.
Canned food are no doubt very tasty and the
kids love to eat those, but the nutrient content of those frozen foods and
canned foods is zero. As these foods are tasty, kids tend to overeat such food
stuffs and when the parents see that the children are happy they do not create
much fuss about it, because they themselves are busy with their daily chores.
Parents fail to understand that this happiness is temporary. The health hazards
that these foods cause can take a toll of this temporary happiness in the years
Limited or No Physical Activity
Kids nowadays spend most of the leisure
time either by watching T.V or are engrossed in the virtual world of computers,
laptops, tablets and android phones. They are deprived of spending time in the
playground. As a result those extra calories are not burnt out causing the fast
weight gain in kids.
Even if the kids do not have the
opportunity to go out and play, the parents should always take the initiative
to initiate some kind of physical exercise in their daily routine. Physical
exercise also helps in maintaining a healthy mind which is very important for
the kids during the growth years, as during these years they suffer from
various mental stresses.
Children tend to overeat when they are
depressed. Depression is very common during the growth years and to cope with
these stress and boredom children tend to eat more than usual which results in
gaining weight among children. So it becomes the responsibility of the parents
to release the kids from all kinds of tensions and stress and let them live a
Upbringing kids in the proper way is the responsibility of the parents. Preparing a proper diet chart with all the essential nutritious food items is of utmost importance for the proper growth and development of the kids.
What are the causes of weight problems in children? How to prevent weight problems in children? What are the ways to help children maintain a healthy weight? Discuss here.
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