6 Background Information About Childhood Obesity Since 1970, the % of overweight children in the USA has doubled.Today:10% of 2 to 5 year olds are overweight.15% of 6 to 19 year olds are overweight.33% of children are at risk of becoming overweight.
7 Prevalence of Overweight Children Prevalence rate of overweight children is increasing.2 to 5 year olds have a 14% rate.6 to 11 years old have a 19% rate.12 to 19 years old have a 17% rate.
8 Reasons For Childhood Obesity DietInsufficient physical activityWatching televisionSitting on the computerGenetics
9 Food Choices Thousands feast on junk food & soda daily. Eat ice cream, potato chips, and chocolate as their breakfast.33% of children start off their morning with soft/energy drinks.Over half of children skip breakfast daily.Skipping breakfastOvereating later in dayWeight Gain
10 A Hidden Cause of Childhood Obesity Sodium is major cause of childhood obesity.Cutting back on salt = great way to cut calories.Salty snacks lead to calorie filled sodas.80% of salt comes from processed food.Fast food is filled with sodium.
11 Affects Childhood Obesity Many often suffer from Depression and Anxiety.Bullied at schoolMade fun of at schoolLow self-esteem
12 Habits Associated with Childhood Obesity Obese children are likely to:Smoke cigarettesDrink alcoholBe inactiveLow Self-Esteem contributes to all of these unhealthy habits.
13 Health Problems and Diseases Obese children are at risk for:High blood pressureHigh CholesterolAbnormal Blood Lipid LevelsType II DiabetesLow Bone DensityLiver and gall bladder issuesIrregular menstrual cycles in females
14 High Cholesterol & Abnormal Blood Lipid Levels Overweight children can acquire high cholesterol.In Summary:High Density Lipoproteins (“Good Cholesterol”) good for a child’s dietLow Density Lipoproteins (“Bad Cholesterol”) not good for a child’s
15 Type II Diabetes Extremely common disease in young people. Was most common in adults.Type II Diabetes is known as the “disease of this generation”.
17 Low Bone Density Being overweight causes bone & joint problems. Inactivity contributes to these problems.Lack of stress on bones = decrease in bone density.Increase stress through exercise.
18 Bone Density Test Obese children should receive bone density tests. Bone Density Tests are scored and classified as such:
19 Childhood Obesity Prevention Schools must provide healthy food & drinks.Parents must pack healthy lunches & snacks.Avoid soda and other sugary drinks.Avoid trans fats.Make simple diet changes (wheat > white bread)USE THE FOOD PYRAMID!!!
20 Exercise is a new addition to the food pyramid Food Pyramid (New)The New and Improved Food Pyramid:Exercise is a new addition to the food pyramid
21 Childhood Obesity Prevention Ctd. Mandatory Physical Education classes.Fight for more weight training & cardiovascular exercise in PE.Encourage children to join health clubs.Exercise with your kids.
22 Just keep running, it benefits your health! ConclusionChildhood obesity is a growing epidemic!No short-term cure for childhood obesity!Fighting this disease requires long-term commitment!Commitment to good nutrition and physical activity!Just keep running, it benefits your health!
23 My Personal Statement to You As a future Health and Physical Education teacher, my goal is to devote my life to helping children live a healthy lifestyle and continue the fight against childhood obesity. I hope all of you help me in this fight!Thank you for your time!