Effects, Causes, & Prevention of Childhood Obesity


Does your child seem overweight to you? Is he or she fairly sedentary? Do you worry about your family’s nutritional intake? Childhood obesity is serious; it is associated with many physical, social, and emotional problems.

The accompanying infographic, Childhood Obesity: Consequences, Causes, & Prevention, provides a brief overview of the problem, its possible causes and ways to treat and/or prevent childhood obesity. Once you understand how devastating the consequences may be, you will be better prepared to deal with the problem. You may want to begin with a visit to your child’s doctor. He or she can confirm the extent of the problem and offer helpful suggestions.

While childhood obesity may be caused by genetics or metabolic conditions, most of the time, the blame can be placed simply on too much eating (especially of the wrong foods) combined with too little physical activity. Take a good, hard look at the section of the infographic that presents the factors that contribute to obesity; do any of these describe your child’s environment and eating and activity behaviors? If so, move on to the prevention section of the infographic.

It’s never too late to help a child conquer obesity. Once you get started, the formula for success is fairly simple. Offer good, healthy food in moderate portions, limit sedentary activities and work together as a family to achieve the goal of good health. Don’t expect immediate results; keeping obesity at bay can be a lifelong, yet rewarding journey. Keep reading to learn more.

This infographic was created by Kids Car Donations, donate your boat to charity

Kids Car Donations is a national organization that accepts vehicle donations to better the lives of children. The organization partners with a number of well-known nonprofits serving children and teens who are confronted with physical, mental and emotional challenges to provide the care they need.


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