Childhood Obesity Awareness

By David Misner

 

The Facts

  • 1 in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese.
  • African-American and Hispanic children have higher rates of obesity than

white children their age.

  • African-American and Hispanic children and teens are more likely to be

exposed to marketing advertisements for unhealthful foods, candy soda and

snacks.

  • Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health conditions usually found in

adults, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, fatty liver and

Type-2 diabetes.

 

What can be done to combat childhood obesity?  Here are some tips:

  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Eat fewer foods that are high in fat – fried foods and fast foods.
  • Eat smaller portions at home and at restaurants.
  • Avoid excessive intake of sweets – candy, cakes, pies, cookies, sugary cereals.
  • Substitute water, fat-free milk or low-fat milk for sweetened beverages and

juice.

  • Engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of

the week.

  • Limit screen time to no more than two hours per day (video games, phones,

computers, TV, movies).

 

For more information and practical tips, visit:

  • Highmark on Health Equity website at athighmark.com/healthequity
  • Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition (We Can!)

at nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan.

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