It is important to take into account the risk factors posed by overweight and obesity for the development of some chronic diseases. This is the case of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, different types of cancer, musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory diseases. Hence it is so worrying rise in obesity, especially, of childhood obesity. The trend continues to increase and, the more children grow up with obesity, the more likely they are to suffer from other diseases such as those mentioned at a younger age. Why is childhood obesity increasing?
REASONS FOR THE INCREASE IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY
One of the main reasons why obesity continues to grow in Spain is the lack of nutrition and food education. In addition, to this must be added the lack of time for parents to cook healthier and use fewer precooked dishes. It must also be remembered that children learn by imitation what their parents do, so the example they set is key so that children can develop healthy food preferences. Other reasons for the increase in childhood overweight and obesity are the following:
- The increase in the consumption of fast food in recent years. Many families opt for this formula when they go out to eat, because they are the preferred restaurants for children, and they are also cheaper.
- The high consumption of sugary drinks. Soft drinks such as soda and drinks such as juice are high in sugar and are products that contribute to obesity.
- The sedentary lifestyle. This is another key problem. Children spend more and more time in front of screens, and less time doing physical activities or playing in the street.
In Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery in Vadodara, we believe that it is very important to take into account the relevance of changing habits in the little ones to keep them away from being overweight and obese. It is about changes in diet, betting on a healthier diet, as well as changes in daily life, doing more physical activities and taking time away from screens.