Do you have overweight kids?
July 22, 2008 5:41pm CST
More and more children of all ages are overweight than ever before. As a result, weight-related health problems that are typically found in adults are becoming more common in our kids. Overweight children are at risk both for diseases that will affect them in childhood, such as type 2 (previously called "adult-onset") diabetes, and also for health issues that they'll face as adults if they don't lose weight. By reducing your overweight child's weight gain now, or helping him lose weight by eating healthy foods and becoming active, you can lower his risk of developing several serious conditions, including: Diseases that can occur in childhood, including asthma, breathing problems, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, depression, liver and gallbladder diseases, sleep apnea (cessation of breathing during sleep) and more Long-term diseases that occur in adulthood, including cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke), heart failure, respiratory problems, certain cancers, infertility and pregnancy complications, arthritis, and higher risk for sudden death Your child's pediatrician can help determine if your child is overweight and which course of action you can take as a family.
• United States
22 Jul 08
my children aren't overweight and i don't let them to ever become overweight. i wasn't overweight as a kid. but now after 3 kids i am. i hate being overweight. i feel like crap and i would never want my kids to feel like that. i wonder how the people that were overweight as kids could let their own kids get so overweight. i think i would be working double time to make sure my kids didn't get overweight so that they wouldn't get made fun of in school. my husbands cousin was beat up in school and called fat, in the first grade! and in my opinion she isn't fat, maybe a little chubby. kids are so cruel.
• United States
5 Nov 08
No not really. My lexi who is 7 years old was a little thick at one time but has sense became of average weight and is very healty looking. I don't let them eat junk and try to keep them active. They do dance a couple of times a week and also participate in the running club at their school. My girls elementary school has a teacher who donates her time twice a week in the mornings before school to have this running club for kids to fight obesity. I really admire her for this. Talk to your kid's school and find out if they have any programs.