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Childhood Obesity Has Skyrocketed
Children grow at different rates, so it isn't always easy to know when a child is obese or overweight. Ask your doctor to measure your child's height and weight to determine if he or she is in a healthy range. We all love our children, and we want them to live a happy and healthy life. With a little information, we can help our children and families do just that.
Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.
Immediate health effects:
Long-term health effects:
Remember that small changes every day can lead to a recipe for success! Lifestyles and behaviors are established early in life; therefore, a focus on healthful behaviors is vital to promoting healthy weight. The primary goals of overcoming childhood overweight should be healthful eating and increased activity. It is important for children to consume enough calories to support normal growth and development without promoting excessive weight gain. The home, childcare setting, school, and community are all integral to a more healthful environment for our children.