Best practices for preventing childhood obesity Best practices for preventing childhood obesity

Best practices for preventing childhood obesity

Little giants 25 June, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


The number of obese people in the world throughout the last 35 years has more than doubled, and this rise in obesity is greatest among children.

This was one of the discoveries of a comprehensive study published in the U.S. medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, which focuses on how obesity is related to deaths caused by heart disease and stroke, among other diseases.

“People who shrug off weight gain do so at their own risk — risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other life-threatening conditions,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, the Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle (Northwest), one of the study’s co-authors.

Getting exercise and maintaining a healthy diet are key factors for preventing or fighting off being overweight. Beyond these factors, however, being more aware of the consequences of this condition on people’s health is what is most significant. The family environment should be the main environment for encouraging a healthy weight, as eating habits that can increase someone’s risks for obesity are established during childhood and adolescence

According to the Colombian Association of Endocrinology, children who are overweight are more likely to suffer from diabetes and heart disease at an earlier age, which is also related to the increase in the chances of premature death. (Related article: Focus on obesity).

A healthy diet is not an extreme one. The key is to teach children to eat fruits and vegetables and provide them with more natural meals that allow them to avoid from processed foods and prioritize those that are high in fiber and protein.

In 2015, 107.7 million children and 603.7 million adults suffered from obesity throughout the world.