Children are the latest victims of the scourge of obesity. Thanks to sedentary lifestyle, junk foods and crazy study schedules they are not able to expend the calories they consume, hence they grow obese at an age they should be lean and not really, mean. A person is considered obese if he/she weighs 20% or more than his ideal body weight.
45.5kg is the ideal body weight for every 5inches of height. 2.3kg is added to 45.5kg for every 1 inch. Due to erratic study schedules children tend to either overeat at one meal, which is mostly dinner, or skip their meals and even keeping long gaps in-between meals. Most children also skip their breakfast. These habits result in day-long feelings of laziness and weakness, affecting their mental and physical health thereby lowering the metabolic rate. Thus children should have their proper four meals in a day. It's a misconception that obese people tend to eat more, but this is not always true. Obesity can also be to lack of required energy expenditure in comparison to the calorie intake. Children should therefore be encouraged to increase their overall level of exercise.
Here are a few guidelines for obesity management among children.
— Deepika Dua
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