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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
September 15, 2016

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and at Philip S. Pinsker we want to support this important cause because we know how much being overweight can adversely affect your podiatric health. Our children need to develop good health habits now to carry into their adult lives. Consider these alarming statistics:

  • Over 23 million American children and teenagers are overweight

  • This represents a fourfold increase in the last 40 years among youth ages 6 to 11

  • Almost one third of our children are at early risk for high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke—medical threats usually found only in adulthood

The Connection Between Feet and Weight

In addition to having many more complaints of foot and ankle pain, patients who are overweight have an increased risk of the following conditions:

Also, many other foot conditions are made worse or take longer to heal if you are carrying excess weight.

Make a Change

You can model healthy behaviors and help your children (and yourself) get to and maintain a healthy weight by making some simple changes:

  • Increase physical activity—take walks, go bike riding, hiking, roller or ice skating. Try new activities together as a family that will help make fitness fun

  • Add more steps to your daily life—take the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the far end of the lot, walk while you talk on the phone

  • Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet (check labels, it’s hiding in products you wouldn’t expect like tomato sauce and salad dressing)

  • Drink more water and less juice and soda

Last but not least, remember that your foot doctor is your partner in healthcare. If you have concerns or questions about other ways to be proactive in the health of your feet, make an appointment to see Dr. Philip S. Pinsker in our Washington office by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

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