About one-in-five school-age children in the United States are considered obese.
Childhood obesity is a major public health problem in the United States. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adolescent obesity has tripled since the 1970s.
A wide range of factors can contribute to obesity in children, including genetics, metabolism, poor eating habits, lack of physical activity and more.
The impact of obesity on a child can cause not just physical risks but also social and emotional risks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children who are obese have an increased risk of low self-esteem, behavior and learning problems, and depression.
To help prevent childhood obesity, there are many simple changes parents can do to support healthy childhood growth and lifestyles. These can include, keeping fruit readily available at children’s reach and providing them with opportunities to stay active.
Children follow by example, so be their role model. Practice a healthy lifestyle and promote healthy activities. You can partake in various activities, including taking family walks after dinner and signing up for family activities.
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic offers many adult, family and youth programs that promote healthy living and active lifestyles. Youth programs include dance, basketball, kayaking, TURTLE camp, one-on-one nutrition, group cooking classes and more.
For more information on Oklahoma City Indian Clinic programs, please visit www.okcic.com/hpdp/.