Childhood Obesity Prevention
Child health is one of the top priorities of any parent, right next to creating a fun childhood and getting a good education! Childhood obesity prevention can not only help maintain or improve a child’s health, but it can allow them to have more fun in their childhood and even have a positive impact on their education.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), childhood obesity has since doubled (quadrupled for adolescents) in the past three decades. It’s more important now than ever for healthcare networks to create, and families to take advantage of, childhood obesity prevention programs to combat this statistic and help families prevent childhood obesity in their own home.
Child obesity prevention begins in the home. While healthcare networks, like NCHS, can provide significant assistance with childhood obesity management, it’s up to you as a family to recognize childhood obesity and begin the process of childhood obesity prevention.
What’s the difference between overweight and obese?
According to the CDC, overweight is defined as having an excessive body weight (from a combination of fat, muscle, bone, water) for specific heights. Obese on the other hand is defined as having excessive body fat.
How does childhood obesity develop?
Obesity in children is developed as a result of a caloric imbalance, where calories are expended (or “lost”) slower than they are consumed (or “gained”). The rate in which a child consumes or expends calories are impacted by genetics, lifestyle choices (e.g., diet, exercise, etc.), and environmental factors.
Benefits of Childhood Obesity Prevention
Childhood obesity prevention can directly impact the quality of a child’s life. Not only will they be healthier from the get-go, but they’ll have more energy for sports and other physical activities. Once they start making progress with their childhood obesity prevention programs, physical activity becomes easier. As a result, it becomes easier to keep the weight off once they have the physical energy to keep moving on a regular basis.
Improving a child’s health by taking part in childhood obesity management can also drastically improve a child’s self-image or self-worth, further improving their confidence in other areas of their life, including education.
Preventing Childhood Obesity
Reversing the effects of obesity is critical for the wellbeing of your child, not only in his or her current year, but for many years (or decades) to come. Childhood obesity prevention begins with recognizing that your child may be overweight or obese and visiting NCHS for child obesity screening.
From there, your pediatric doctor can help you to develop an obesity prevention plan to help your family strategize and take action towards improving his or her state with obesity.
Pediatric Doctor Locations for Childhood Obesity Prevention
Below you’ll find a list of our NCHS locations that cater to pediatric needs and can help your family with childhood obesity.
- Perris: Adult Medicine and Pediatric Care
- San Marcos: Adult Medicine, Behavioral Health, Dental, Lab and X-Ray, Pediatric Care, Pharmacy and Women’s Health
- Ramona: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care, Dental Care and Women’s Health
- Mission Mesa: Specialization for Pediatric Care
- Oceanside: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care and Pharmacy
- La Mision: Adult Medicine and Pediatric Care
- Grand Ave (San Marcos): Adult Medicine and Pediatric Care
- Encinitas: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care and Women’s Health
- Carlsbad: Adult Medicine and Pediatric Care
Get started with your childhood obesity screening and develop a childhood obesity prevention plan with NCHS!