It is very worrying to hear that 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese in Australia. This number has doubled in recent years. Some of the factors that have caused this higher incidence of overweight children are poor food choices (high fat and sugary foods), high sedentary periods (watching TV, playing computer games), overweight parents’ children learn poor eating patterns and lifestyle habits), and reduced physical activity. Adolescents who are overweight or obese are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem, which can affect their ability at school and social interaction.
If you are concerned that your child is overweight then it is best to seek an Exercise Physiologist and/or Dietician at Optimum whom can help plan and set goals for the whole family. If you develop the correct changes then you will reduce the risk that the child will make poor eating and dieting issues later in life. And just remember, when beginning or introducing anything new to a child, start slow!