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Obesity in Kids – What causes it?

Posted on January 24, 2012 by pmruser

Many people struggle with weight gain or being overweight their entire lives. The sad truth is that obesity in kids has risen to staggering numbers in the past couple of decades. Being overweight is never a good thing in adults, but being obese as a child is even worse.

Obesity in children can cause a lifetime of medical problems.

These issues can even be so severe that they can cause problems to their vital organs, such as their, heart and liver. Controlling obesity in kids is very important. This may not be an easy task but by doing so, it may save a child from a lifetime of medical problems.

One of the causes of obesity in kids is a lack of exercise

Video games, television, and electronic toys and cell phones have taken the place of exercise, and activities. These activities may be entertaining but if you have an overweight child, you will have to enforce limits on these items, and suggest other activities instead.

The other and probably the biggest reason for obesity in kids is improper diet

There are so many junk food items available that contain large amounts of fat, and sugar that cause weight gain. Fast foods, processed, and snacks also contain very large amounts of calories, and very little ingredients that assist the body in processing foods correctly. Watching what your child is eating, and enforcing a proper diet will ensure that your child does not become overweight. A good diet and proper exercise are the best way to fight obesity in kids.