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Did you know that one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese? Childhood obesity increases the risk of several serious health problems in children, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. It also has a negative impact on the health of your feet. Being overweight increases the risk for and severity of several health problems such as stress fractures, sesamoiditis and metatarsalgia. In addition, being overweight leads children to be less active, which in turn increases the likelihood of being overweight. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to help break this vicious cycle. Below are tips to help combat childhood obesity:

Make Healthy Eating a Family Affair

Obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight should not be about dieting but rather about eating healthy all the time. Make small changes a little at a time. Some to try:

  • Switch to low fat  or nonfat dairy products—milk, cheese and yogurt with all the calcium but without all the calories
  • Serve appropriate sized portions—buy smaller plates to help change the perception of the right amount of food
  • Encourage everyone to drink more water and eliminate sugary sodas and fruit juices. If cutting fruit juice is difficult, try diluting with seltzer to create a “healthy” soda type beverage that is low in calories

Limit Screen Time

Today’s children and teens lead a more sedentary lifestyle partly due to the amount of time spent on computers, cell phones, gaming systems, etc. Set strict time limits on the amount of time per day or week that children can use those devices and encourage them to substitute physical activities.

Encourage Savvy Snacking

Read labels—many pre-packaged snacks are packed with sugar, trans fat and calories. Keep healthy snacks available, such as fresh fruit, baby carrots or bell peppers with hummus, or a small portion of almonds or walnuts. Try to limit a snack to 100 calories.

Turn Fitness into Fun

Getting exercise doesn’t have to be hard and boring. In fact, it can be an opportunity for families to spend enjoyable time together. Look into hiking, biking, roller or ice skating, kayaking and other activities that your children enjoy and they’ll be begging to do them rather than whining and complaining.

We want your child to have healthy feet and a healthy body. If he or she is experiencing any foot pain or discomfort, contact our Washington office at: 724-225-7410 to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker.

 

 

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