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Copy of Childhood Obesity

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Childhood Obesity
A Parent's Responsibility

Cindy Moll
Dani Sterrett
Tami Vitkauskas
David Champagne

What is Obesity?
Obesity is a health condition where a person has an excess of body fat. A person gains weight when more calories are taken in than what is expended through physical activity.

Childhood Obesity, a Growing Problem
of teenagers and children are overweight
year growth: More than doubled in children and quadrupled in teenagers
million overweight or obese children by 2025
billion in obesity related medical expenditures in 2008
300,000 lives lost each year
Possible Medical Issues
Cardiovascular Disease
High Blood Pressure
Increased Cholesterol Levels
Muscle and Bone Disorders
Social Stigmatization
Overweight children are characterized as lazy,
dumb, and selfish.
From an early age children prefer to play with other children who are at normal weight. Obese children are negatively characterized as unlikeable.
Psychological Scarring
Obesity can lead to a negative body image, poor self-esteem and depression.
Proposed Solutions/Outcomes
Nutritious side options in


11% of customers choose them
fast food meals

The Healthy, Hunger-Free

Decrease or eliminate empty calories

Kids Act

School based programs

Significantly smaller increase in BMI
with parent involvement

Best Solution -
Parent Education and Involvement
The home environment has the largest influence on a child’s eating and activity habits

Roughly two-thirds of the food consumed by a child is from the home

Children are at school for 8 hours a day, but what about the other 16 hours
"The greatest problem in our society is the abandonment of children through the abandonment of parental leadership." Richard Lloyd Anderson
What Can Parents Do?
“Parents are key in developing a home environment that fosters healthful eating and physical activity among children and adolescents. Parents shape their children’s dietary practices, physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and ultimately their weight status in many ways.”
Learn What Healthy Foods Are
Fruits and Vegetables
Whole Grains
Eat Family Meals Together
Get an Early Start
can help reduce childhood obesity
When families eat
together they
consume -

More fruits
More vegetables
More whole grains

Less fat
Fewer soft drinks
Limit Media Use
Exercise through family fun . . .
. . . and Model Good Behavior
Children of active
parents are 5.8 times
more likely to be active
Where Can Parents Get Educated?
Health Professionals
Public Programs
Parents can be educated on the benefits of breast versus bottle feeding during parenting classes, and prenatal appointments.

Healthy Eating
Physical Activity
Healthy Weight Gain
Know What's Happening at School
It's Not too Late for Kyle
68% of kids have a TV in their bedroom
Obesity Takes a Toll
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