Obesity in Children

By: Brielle Crawford

We need to make a change and fast!!!!!!

  • 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013. Obesity prevalence was the highest among children in families with an income-to-poverty ratio of 100% or less (household income that is at or below the poverty threshold), followed by those in families with an income-to-poverty ratio of 101%–130%, and then found to be lower in children in families with an income-to-poverty ratio of 131% or larger (greater household income). No matter your income, you can make sure that children are not obese. Parents can avoid their children from becoming obese by feeding them the proper food portion and make them eat healthier foods, like fruits and vegetables, instead of unhealthy food like McDonald's. Allow kids to run around and play for at least 30 minutes a day at least 4 times a week. Also, make sure your children get enough sleep. Studies show that kids can gain weight by not getting enough sleep each night. Between the ages of 3-5, children need 11 to 13 of sleep and schoolchildren ages 5-10 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep. Being a parent comes with a lot of responsibility and you need to be careful of the decisions you make for them.