(Written by Wendy Derbyshire and Edited by Elle Yi) The current statistics on obesity prove that childhood weight gain and obesity is on the increase. According to the most recent statistics showing in 2008, the rate of obesity among children and adolescents in the United States has nearly tripled between the early 1980s and 2006. This is due to unhealthy eating habits in your child, including irregular exercise, the regular consumption of sweet treats between, and a diet high in saturated fat. Some children can be fussy with their diet while other children will overeat and consume far too many calories.
Parents have a responsibility to encourage their child to eat healthily, but activity can go a long way to reducing weight gain in children. Think about taking your child regularly to a park with climbing equipment and a large field to encourage social activity with other children.