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Childhood Obesity

Adolescents should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activ- ity most days of the week. Some examples of moderate intensity physical activity in- clude brisk walking, playing tag, jumping rope, playing soccer, swimming and dancing. Behavior and environment play a large role in causing adolescents to be overweight and obese. Parents can make small changes in their family’s behaviors and environment that can prevent or reduce your adolescent’s risk of becoming overweight or obese.

Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including:

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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Type 2 Diabetes Coronary heart disease Stroke Sleep apnea and respiratory problems

To help your adolescent maintain a healthy weight:

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Encourage healthy eating habits by providing fruits, vegetables and whole grain products Switch to low-fat or non-fat dairy products Choose lean meats Serve reasonably-sized portions Encourage your family to drink lots of water and limit sugar-sweetened drinks. Limit consumption of sugar and saturated fat

Resources

Contact your family physician

Auburn YMCA-WEIU

(315) 253-5304

Cato Recreation Center

(315) 626-6735

Champions for Life

(315) 252-9305

Websites:

http://connectforkids.org/obesity_resource www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/index.html

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