Obesity rates are continually climbing across all age groups. In addition to adults seeing higher instances of being overweight or obese,  children are seeing the same. Currently, about 30% of children are considered overweight. Of those, one in five are considered obese. At Life Tech Care, we are focused on providing care for children and families, including helping them live a healthy lifestyle. So, what do you need to know about childhood obesity? 

How Do I Know if My Child is Overweight or Obese? 

Being overweight or obese is determined by a child’s body mass index (BMI). BMI is a figure that is determined by your child’s height and weight relative to their age. According to the CDC, children with a BMI in the 85th percentile or higher are considered overweight, while children with a BMI in the 95th percentile or higher are considered obese.  

How Can Obesity Impact My Child? 

Obesity can affect your child both mentally and physically. The physical impacts of childhood obesity include: 

  • High blood pressure 

  • Increased risk for Type 2 diabetes 

  • Respiratory issues like asthma and sleep apnea 

  • Joint problems 

There are also psychological impacts to childhood obesity. Overweight and obese children are prone to higher instances of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. They are also more likely to become victims of bullying by their peers. 

What Are Some Ways I Can Prevent Childhood Obesity? 

A healthy diet and exercise are the best way to prevent obesity from becoming a problem for your child. Make sure your child’s diet is balanced and contains plenty of whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables while limiting foods that are high in sugar, solid fats and sodium. Keeping your child active is also critical. Help them find physical activities that you and your child can do together, whether it’s going on bike rides, swimming or finding a sport to play.  

At Life Tech Care, we’re ready to help families provide the right care for their children. If you have questions about how we can help your child, please contact us.