The statistics are nothing new: I heard about them while growing up here myself. But as a mother, I have to say that it’s more than a little alarming as I see the potential danger obesity has for the children in my community.
We know that childhood obesity causes increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, and that it’s also linked to social and emotional consequences like poverty, bullying and depression.
Thankfully, research is showing that the recent rise in rates of childhood obesity is starting to slow. A new study on obesity among preschoolers in New York and Los Angeles confirms this trend: researchers found a decrease in obesity among 3 and 4 year olds from 2003-2011.
So what’s the secret? Prevention.
Since we know that prevention works, I’ve list 6 time-tested tips for helping prevent obesity in kids, and helping to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Have a tip to add? Share it in the comments.
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