Archive for October, 2012

Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Obesity

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 03:10 AM
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Definition of Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity by definition is a serious medical condition that affects children
and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or
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What is a growth chart?

Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 02:10 AM
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A growth chart is a graph used by health care providers to track your child’s growth pattern. A growth chart is started in your child’s medical record at birth. Doctors chart your child’s weight and length to determine risk or at risk for overweight or obese.

Portion Size Matters portion plates can help maintain a healthy body weight or maintain your child’s body weight if used daily for meals and snacks.
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What can Parents Do to Help their Overweight Child?

Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 02:10 AM
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Tips parents can use to help their children lead healthier lifestyles:

Use the portion plate at meals and snack time.

Be the role model for your children and have them eat what you fix for dinner. You should not have to fix them something different.

Show your children that you love them no matter what their size or shape may be.

Start the day with a healthy breakfast that is eaten within the first two hours of waking up. Breakfast food does not have to be traditional. Breakfast food can be left overs from the night before. It’s always better to eat something than nothing.
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Tracking of obesity from childhood into adulthood begins as early as 2 years of age.

For children 2 years or older, BMI (Body Mass Index)-for-age is used to assess overweight.

TV timeout: Get away from the TV and computer screens. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than two not watch television at all; for older children, screen time should be limited to no more than one to two hours a day.
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