Obese children are more likely to develop a range of health problems, including:
Physical health problems: high blood pressure or heart disease,Type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea and other breathing problems, abnormal or missed menstrual cycles, bone and joint problems, reduced balance,
Emotional health problems: low self-esteem and negative body image, depression, feeling judged, being teased or bullied
Children and teenagers should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. This can include walking to and from school, playing sports, or riding a bike.
Things parents can do to help with your child’s health, Keep your fridge stocked with foods from all four food groups. Limit the amount of time your children spend on sedentary activities like watching television, playing video games, and surfing the web. Be aware of the opportunities your community offers to help your family stay healthy. Are there bike paths nearby? What community programs are available throughout the year?
Children who aren't active enough are at a higher risk of developing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other cardiovascular illnesses. On average, only 12% of Canadian children take part in enough physical activity.
Physical activity helps children: develop cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and bone density ,maintain a healthy body weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and health