September is National Childhood Obesity Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

September is time for back to school and new routines. It is also a perfect time to take a look at your child’s health habits and even make goals for improvement for a healthier year ahead. Today one out of every five children, ages six to nineteen is obese. There are many chronic health risks associated with childhood obesity, including disorders with bones and joints, type two diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease.
Studies have additionally shown that children who are obese have a high risk of being obese as adults. It has also been found that children struggling with their weight have higher rates of depression and lower self-esteem. Teaching children the importance of a healthy diet and daily exercise need to begin at an early age to establish good habits that will last a lifetime. It is crucial to consult with your child’s healthcare professional before starting any new health routines for your child.
The good news is that once a healthy weight is achieved the health benefits begin. It is important that the entire family embrace healthy eating and exercise to help your child succeed, it truly is a family affair.