Weight, it’s a topic not everyone loves to talk about. But, with the new year comes a fresh start, and what better time to reevaluate your family’s health goals than Healthy Weight Awareness Month!
Did you know, The National Institutes of Health found that 35 percent of American adults are obese, while an additional 34 percent are overweight? These numbers, according to the American Diabetes Association, are only getting higher as time goes on.
Obesity and weight-related health issues are not only affecting adults. In 2019, studies showed approximately 13.7 million children and adolescents in America are obese. Sadly, many children with obesity will develop other weight-related health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure at an unusually young age.
Thankfully, a lot of the damage obesity causes can be prevented and reversed with a healthy lifestyle. This Healthy Weight Awareness Month, we encourage you to take charge of your family’s health and start implementing changes for a healthier 2020!
There are many roles at play when it comes to both childhood and adult obesity. Most people associate obesity with excess, and while overeating is a factor, some of the biggest influences on weight stem from what’s lacking.
- Not getting enough restful sleep
- Not drinking enough water
- Not getting enough physical activity
- Not having safe places to go in the community to get physical activity
- Not having access to affordable, healthier foods
- Not eating balanced meals
Not sure where you or your children fall on the weight classification chart? Click here to calculate your BMI.
The general rule of thumb is that weight loss is about 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. Follow these tips for implementing a healthier home life:
1. Clean up your diet
Children eat what’s provided for them, so focus on the nutritional value of the food you’re stocking the fridge and pantry with. Eliminating foods and drinks high in sugar and fat from your grocery list will ensure the whole family eats healthier at home.
2. Get moving
Kids will respond better to healthy lifestyle changes if it’s fun. Joining a Little League team or signing up for swim classes are great ways for children to get exercise while being entertained.
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