How to Recognize the Warning Signs of Childhood Obesity?

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We all want to do everything we can to ensure that our children are happy and healthy. In 2021, childhood obesity is one of the most worrying health issues in children, with the WHO estimating that ‘39 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2020’ (Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/obesity-and-overweight).

If you want to protect your child from childhood obesity, you need to know what the warning signs are:

1. Parental obesity

If you or your partner are considered to be obese, or you have a history of obesity in your family, your child is more likely to be obese.

2. Higher than average birth weight

If your child weighed more than average when they were born, this may indicate future obesity.

3. Watching more than 8 hours of TV when 3-years-old

If you let your child watch more than 8 hours of TV when they are 3-years-old, they may be at risk of becoming obese.

4. Rapid weight gain in the first year of life

If you noticed that your child gained weight rapidly during their first year of life, it may indicate they are more likely to be overweight as they grow older.

5. Early development of body fat between ages 5 and 6

Although body fat should be increasing at this time, excess body fat at this age can be an indication of childhood obesity.

6. Sleeping less than 10.5 hours per night when 3 years old

This has been proven to increase the risk of childhood obesity.

What to do if you are worried about childhood obesity

If you have noticed that your child is exhibiting some of the warning signs of childhood obesity, don’t hesitate to get in touch with professionals who will be able to help you and your child get the support you require. At The All England Practice, we offer weight loss interventions and obesity solutions for children in Dubai, ensuring that your child is taken care of every step of the way. Get in touch with our team on 800 3645263 to book an appointment with the best clinic to tackle childhood obesity.

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