CHILDHOOD OBESITY A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC
Today, one of the biggest hindrances in a child’s success is obesity. A problem that seems to be noticeably prevalent among 14.4 million kids in the country itself – making India the 2nd highest in child obesity. This results from an unorderly lifestyle, junk food, increasing pressures and most importantly, a lack of overall fitness education to address the issue. This is not only a shortcoming, but if it’s not addressed at the right time, it becomes a part of the lifestyle.
At Fit Youth, we focus on sensitive physiological and psychological development of each child by starting from the very basics, so that slowly yet gradually it inculcates into a habit, where the students make the right decisions for themselves on their own.
While School Aerobic is a great way to express oneself through creative body movements, its benefits go way beyond its tangible results – it not only improves agility and flexibility, but also builds neuro-muscular coordination, movement coupling and body orientation – bringing an overall positive impact to physiological and psychological health. It’s a holistic approach towards the education of a child, for now and the years to come.Sport
Childhood obesity is a grave issue, which needs to be addressed urgently because it leads to several medical and psychosocial problems in children. High prevalence is being increasingly reported in children from developing countries as well. The combination of our genetic propensity to store fat, the ready availability of calorie dense foods, and sedentary lifestyle promotes overweight.
The child's food environment at home and parental obesity are strong determinants. Urban poor in developed countries and urban rich in developing countries are both at risk. In developing countries, a number of beliefs passed down over generations are other important determinants. Evaluation includes assessing the child's lifestyle, excluding weight-promoting medication history; poor linear growth needs endocrine evaluation; genetic syndromes should be considered if there are clinical pointers. Overweight children should be evaluated for hypertension, dyslipidemia, T2DM, and NAFLD.
Therapeutic lifestyle changes targeting food habits and physical activity through parental participation and social support are the cornerstones of preventing childhood obesity. Active travel and play by making the built environment more accessible, ban on 'junk' food advertising, and effective health education through active participation of clinicians, school systems, and the media will go a long way in reversing anticipated trends in childhood obesity.