The trend is clear: childhood obesity is on the rise. So what can children – and their concerned parents – do to buck the trend?
“Just as there are multiple causes for the alarming rise in childhood obesity, there are multiple things parents can do to prevent obesity and improve the health of their children,” says James E. Hoffman, DO, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Since health should be a concern for the whole family, parents should model healthy eating habits and physical activity levels for their children.” Families should:
- Eat less processed food
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Encourage physical activity every day
- Spend less time sitting in front of television or computer screens
Parents concerned about their child’s weight should consult their physician.
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www.sfmc.net or call 573-331-3996.