New Report Shows Progress in Fight Against Childhood Obesity
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report showing a decline in the number of children considered obese in 19 states.
According to the report, about one in every eight preschoolers is obese in the United States. But the good news is that obesity among low-income preschoolers declined from 2008 through 2011 in 19 of the 43 states and territories studied, according to the CDC report.
According to the report, Nebraska saw no change in the number of children ages 2 to 4 who are considered obese.
Obese rates among children are a huge factor in the future healthiness of a generation. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults and suffer lifelong physical and mental health problems.
Health officials advise the following tips to promote a healthy lifestyle for your child:
Eat a healthy breakfast each day.
Daytime child care should include indoor or outdoor physical activity and serve healthy meals and snacks.
When at the doctor's office, talk to your child's health care provider about their height, weight and BMI. Discuss their nutrition and physical activity.
Encourage your child to help pick out healthy foods -- visit a local farmer's market for locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Walk to the park to have some outdoor play time.
Parents who are concerned about their child's weight should seek health from their health care provider.