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Obvious Info, But Why is This Happening? Overweight Kids Risk HBP
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Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff posted:
We all understand that overweight kids are at risk for more health problems - But why does this trend continue?

Overweight Children Nearly Three Times More Likely to Have High Blood Pressure, Study Finds

This article goes on to explain "...kids with high blood pressure have subtle changes in the brain area that controls attention, problem solving, and working memory."

This makes me think about our Fall Activity Challenge and getting our kids up, out and moving around more!

  • How do we curb this trend?
  • How do we teach our kids healthy eating and lifestyle habits?

Looking forward to brainstorming with you,
Elizabeth
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kay_kay75 responded:
  • How do we curb this trend? The first thing is to stop letting the television and video games be a babysitter, encourage your kids to be active and have an imagnination. My daughter is only 8 months old but there is no television for her, I hear people that have children my daughters age talking about the shows that their child "likes" this is bad for brain development why would you do this to your child? There are ongoing studies to see if this is contributing to ADD and ADHD children as well. I say no thank you, I do my best for her to not watch it at all.
  • How do we teach our kids healthy eating and lifestyle habits? The only way to do this is to provide a good example for your children, don't make food a reward, have healthy snacks, stay away from fast food, limit processed foods. To me it is a no brainer, cook like our mothers did, real food with real ingredients.


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