Are Kids Aware of the Problem of Childhood Obesity?
The most current national figures indicate that approximately one in three adolescents is overweight or obese. This data seemingly mirrors recent research showing that roughly the same number of children are unaware of their weight conditions—nearly one-third of American children underestimate their weight. Pediatric experts note that this lack of awareness may stem from the company that children keep. Children who have obese parents, siblings, or friends may have a more difficult time understanding what constitutes a healthy weight. Contributing to this problem are the lifestyle behaviors that friends and family members may have. If overweight or obese children see loved ones eat poorly or rarely engage in physical activities, they may be inclined to follow that example.
For the health of their children, parents must be proactive about cultivating healthy lifestyle habits. If you are worried about your child’s weight, MountainView Hospital can help. Call our Las Vegas hospital today at (702) 233-5474 to discuss your concerns with one of our Consult-A-Nurse representatives.