September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, which is an extremely important topic of discussion. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S. are obese, and while obesity rates soar among all age groups, it is a particularly grave concern for children.
Childhood obesity puts 1/3 of America’s children at risk for several serious health conditions:
- Increased risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease.
- Increased risks of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance.
- Increased risk of breathing difficulties, including asthma and sleep apnea.
- Increased risks of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), liver disease and gallstones.
The good news is that childhood obesity is completely preventable. We can all be a part of the solution by taking simple steps to encourage our children to lead the healthiest lives possible.
In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we’re encouraging your family to make healthy changes together!
Get inspired to kick your family’s health in gear with Intermountain LiVe Well! We’ve got all kinds of ideas on fostering healthy habits and eating well along with a whole collection of Healthy Hikes the whole family can enjoy.
How do you encourage your kids to lead healthy lifestyles? Let us know in the comments below!