Kandi Waddles, MD, Lexington Clinic Pediatrics
It is easy in our fast paced world to get caught up in work and activities that nutrition can take the back seat and all too often our meals are obtained thru a fast food window.
I certainly can relate, many days my husband and I come home from work after picking up our kids and afterwards stop to eat on the way home. There is little nutrition and a lot of fat in the grilled cheese, fried chicken nuggets and french fries my daughters love to eat.No wonder 1 out of every 3 children in the United States is considered obese or overweight.The incidence of obesity in American children has tripled since the eighties.This is really sad, as an obese child is at greater risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and premature death from early heart disease or stroke.
Many children are obese because of changes in the typical American family's lifestyle: Unhealthy eating habits and a decrease in exercise. Our children today are more sedentary with so much time in front of a computer or television screen.To prevent obesity in children we should take the following steps: