Keeping children on a healthy track will help prevent the risks for health problems during their youth and as adults. Obesity is on the rise for American children according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, there are almost three times as many obese kids ages 6 to 19 as there were 30 years ago.
Is my child at risk?
Weight problems in children and adolescents are generally caused by not being active, not eating well, or a combination of the two, according to the US Surgeon General. Genetics and lifestyle affect our children’s weight also.
Watch your child’s habits at home and talk to your doctor to determine if your child is overweight. You can also take this quiz to get a quick sense of where your child stands. Answer these quick 10 questions to see if your child may be at risk:
|Does your child eat five or more fruits and vegetables per day?||YES||NO|
|Does your child have a favorite fruit or vegetable that they eat every day?||YES||NO|
|Does your child eat breakfast five times a week or more?||YES||NO|
|Does your child watch TV, videos or play computer games for two hours or less per day?||YES||NO|
|Does your child take gym class or participate in sports or dance in or outside of school three or more times a week?||YES||NO|
|Does your child have a favorite sport or physical activity that they love to do?||YES||NO|
|Does your child eat dinner at the table with the family at least once a week?||YES||NO|
|Is your child’s room a “TV-free zone?”||YES||NO|
|Does your child eat meals at the table with the TV turned off?||YES||NO|
|Does your child drink water instead of soda, juice or other sweetened drinks?||YES||NO|
How does your child score?
Add up the number of times you answered “NO” to see where your child’s risk level is:
1-5 “NO’S” – Low to Medium Risk
6-8 “NO’S” – High Risk
9-10 “NO’S” – Very High Risk
Find out more at www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children to better understand “obesity” and “overweight” rankings and how to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI) a reliable screening tool as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). You can also contact a Registered Dietitian at the Wellness Center of Thibodaux Regional by calling
985-493-4765 for a consultation today!