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Childhood obesity fact: The probability of childhood obesity persisting into adulthood is estimated to increase from approximately 20% at 4 years of age, to approximately 80% by adolescence. They don’t “outgrow it”.

Preventing childhood obesity is much easier on you, the child, and the whole family than reversing it!

We aren’t immune to becoming obese, please take the steps necessary to educate yourself on nutrition for your family by working with Nutrition Care of Rochester. I hold a Certificate in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. I am trained to prevent, identify, educate, and support children and their families as well as promote obesity prevention within my community.

Some factors that may lead to overweight or obesity:
  • Genetics
  • Financial status and lifestyle patterns of parents
  • Obesity related hormones that cross the placenta during pregnancy and result in an increase in susceptibility to adult chronic diseases
  • Chemicals, toxins, or endocrine disrupters that either parent was exposed to preconception or during pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding versus bottle feeding (breastmilk or artificial human milk)
  • How and when the child transitions to solids
  • Family mealtime behaviors
  • Food choices
  • Not talking about nutrition with your children
When your child has their well visit and the pediatrician tells you their BMI. Pay attention. Do they tell you what their percentile means? When a parent knows better, they do better.

How to identify the weight status of children using the gender specific CDC BMI-for-age growth charts for children ages 2-19:
  • BMI below the 5th percentile: underweight
  • BMI between the 5th and 85th percentile: normal weight
  • BMI between 85th and 95th percentile: at risk of overweight (red flag to start prevention efforts)
  • BMI at or above the 95th percentile: overweight or obese
Check your child’s BMI here: http://nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/calculator.aspx

Having a child that is overweight or obese goes beyond looks. Children are increasingly dealing with adult related obesity ailments at an alarming rate. Approximately 17% (12.7 million) children in the US ages 2-19 are obese. It is highly likely that obesity associated comorbidities will persist into adulthood unless efforts are made to prevent or reverse them.

The importance of preventing childhood obesity:
  • Cardiovascular health problems: high cholesterol, high blood pressure
  • Endocrine system problems: hyperinsulinism, insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes, menstrual irregularities
  • Mental health issues: depression, low self-esteem, difficulty coping with the responsibilities given to them because they look older than they actually are
  • Pulmonary health issues: asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, hypoventilation
  • Orthopedic health issues: bowed legs, slipped capital femoral epiphysis (hip disorder)
  • Gastrointestinal/hepatic health issues: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, malnutrition associated with poor food options/choices, digestive issues
What you gain by working with Nutrition Care of Rochester:
  • Peace of mind knowing that you took steps to prevent childhood obesity
  • Nutrition education that will give you confidence in transitioning your infant to solids
  • Mastering meal time behavioral skills that will lead to children who eat a wide variety of food
  • Skills provided by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist to improve the diet of your child who may be overweight or obese, without negatively affecting their growth, development, and self esteem
  • Your child will gain skills that will last with them as they grow older and may even pass on to their children, especially if eating right becomes a new way of life
  • Healthy and nourished children!
  • Confidence in yourself!
Call to schedule an appointment today! There is no better time than now to learn how to prevent or begin reversing childhood overweight and obesity. Your children will thank you.


References:

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2003). Prevention of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity.  Pediatrics, Volume 112 (No 2), 424-430. Retrieved from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/112/2/424.full.pdf

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Childhood Obesity Facts. (2015 June, 19). Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/index.html

Impact of Obesity on Male Fertility, Sperm Function and Molecular Composition. (2012 October, 1). Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3521747/

Maternal obesity, gestational weight gain, and offspring adiposity. (2014 May, 7). Retrieved from: https://www.cdrnet.org/vault/2459/web/files/Kaar.pdf

Obesity, Diabetes, and Associated Costs of Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the European Union. (2015 March, 5). Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4399302/
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