Pediatrics experts on childhood obesity awareness

Pediatrics in Gastonia, NC

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and since the Alliance for a Healthier Generation reports that one in three children in North Carolina are overweight or obese, an important part of pediatrics is learning to deal with obesity.

Children suffer from obesity for much the same reasons adults do — in addition to the genetic reasons, there’s too much of the wrong kind of food around and not enough activity in their lives. Pediatrics experts warn that children with obesity are more likely to become adults with obesity, and all the accompanying health problems. The good news is that children’s habits are a little more open to change than adults’ habits. If your children have more trouble staying within a healthy weight range than you did at that age, the problem is probably not genetic but somewhere in their lifestyle.

Getting food and exercise right

If you’re trying to decide how to improve your child’s diet and exercise habits, the first question is, does your child have enough time to exercise? If his or her schedule is already dominated by activities that don’t involve a lot of physical activity, this may be a sign that he or she is overworked. The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance recommends that children between the ages of six and nineteen get at least one hour a day of physical activity five days a week, but has found that only about 21 percent of children get this much exercise.

The best way to start your children on good habits is to start early. Don’t use candy as a reward for good behavior. Don’t make your children clean their plates, especially if they aren’t hungry. Don’t completely ban candy and soda from the house, but don’t offer them every day either.

Look online or in the cookbook section of your Gastonia, NC public library for nutritious recipes that are within your household budget. If your time is limited, one approach is to use a slow cooker to prepare food. Make vegetable soup or something in it before you go to bed, leave it on low and let it cook all night.

A pediatrics practice in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a pediatrics practice in a convenient location in the Charlotte, NC area. It is one of the first medical practices for children in this area, and is owned and directed by its own physicians. It offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day, and has provided personalized service to three generations of families. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. If you have a teenage son or daughter with an acne problem and you need a pediatrics clinic, contact Gastonia Pediatrics today.