Monday, August 2, 2010

Kids Need To Learn Healthy Eating Habits At A Young Age

Among pre-school age children 2-5 years of age, obesity increased from 5 to 10.4% between 1976-1980 and 2007-2008 and from 6.5 to 19.6% among 6-11 year olds. Among adolescents aged 12-19, obesity increased from 5 to 18.1% during the same period.

Obese children and adolescents are at risk for health problems during their youth and as adults. For example, during their youth, obese children and adolescents are more likely to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes) than are other children and adolescents.

Obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese as adults. For example, one study found that approximately 80% of children who were overweight at aged 10–15 years were obese adults at age 25 years. Another study found that 25% of obese adults were overweight as children. The latter study also found that if overweight begins before 8 years of age, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe.

So your asking yourself, what can I do now to help my kids learn to develop healthy eating habits at a young age? The first thing you need to do is subscribe to my blog so you don't miss a blog post where I will be sharing ways how you can provide healthy and fun ways for kids to eat while at the same time reinforce good eating habits. Second, if you are interested in talking more about how I could help you and your family I am available for a free consultation.

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