Magazine article Work & Family Life

Small Changes Work Best for Overweight Kids

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Small Changes Work Best for Overweight Kids

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Studies in the U.s. and Europe have shown that overweight children are likely to be overweight as adults-and, as adults, they are also more likely to suffer from ailments such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

Childhood obesity tends to develop at ages 5 and 6 or during the teen years, and the problem often goes behind the physical. Overweight adolescents have higher rates of depression, which makes it even harder for them to avoid bad eating and exercise habits. Dr. stephen R. Daniels of the University of Colorado school of Medicine encourages parents to keep sugared beverages out of the house, cut down on fast foods, encourage physical activity and set clear rules about time spent watching TV and playing video games.

if too many calories and too little physical activity are the problem, it would seem easy to lose weight. …

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