Childhood Obesity and Exercise

Monday, March 02, 2015

Regular physical activity in children and adolescents helps build healthy bones and muscles and also helps reduce your childs risk of being overweight or obese. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the benefits of childrens physical activity in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Children in the United States are heavier than ever before. The long-term health consequences associated with being overweight can begin in childhood or adolescence, which puts overweight children and adolescents at increased risk for various chronic diseases earlier in life.

Since inactive children are more likely to become overweight and then progress to battle obesity as adults, it is key to help children develop healthy habits while young.

Regular physical activity is one of the ways to help improve your childs health and prevent the development of chronic illnesses.

If possible, try to lead by example. As your childs role model, you can be most effective if your children see you exercise regularly. It is even better if you can find time to exercise with them.

Try to limit the amount of time children spend watching television, video and computer games. Use family time to schedule active fun.

Regular physical activity coupled with a good diet will help your kids grow up to be strong and healthy adults.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.