By David Misner
- 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
- Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health conditions usually found in
adults, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, fatty liver and
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
- Engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of
- 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!)