Kids Health

First-Ever Childhood Obesity Study Ranks NY on Number 25

The first-ever report studying childhood obesity finds 14.4% of children in New York between the ages of 10 to 17 are obese. This rate is a little less than the national average. The study ranks New York on number 25 in its list.

Click here to read the complete report findings.

Obese children are at a high risk of health problems

The report is compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It uses data from the National Survey of Children’s Health.

Caitlyn O’Brien works as Government Relations Director with the American Heart Association in New York. She shares her concern that approximately 267,700 obese children are now at risk for chronic health problems. These problems include heart problems, stroke, diabetes type 2, and even some types of cancers.

New York shares a remarkable place among all national issues. So this high childhood obesity rate is surprising. Ideally, it should possess the least childhood obesity rates to set an example for the rest.

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Currently, New York has a running public health program, which educates parents and children on overall health. But it seems like it is not fulfilling its purpose well. Also, this program is short on funds and such types of programs need heavy funding. Usually, obesity and related diseases cost the US Gov a little more than 11 billion every year. But the New York State is only funding this obesity prevention program with 5.9 million, which is so much less to meet its expenditures.

Eventually, all this comes back to eating healthy and making healthy lifestyle choices. It applies to grocery shopping, fast food chains, school lunch and even the vending machines too.

Childhood obesity facts by CDC

Childhood obesity is one of the leading problems in the US right now. This puts thousands of children at risk for poor health and immunity. The obesity prevalence is also high in adults and older people.

CDC statistics show obesity affects 13.7 million children and adolescents of ages between 2-19 years. It is highest (20.6%) in children age 12- to 19-year followed by 18.4% among 6- to 11-year old children and 13.9% among 2- to 5-year old kids. For young kids, there are many things that their parents can do to prevent weight gain.

Some of these recommendations are as follows.

  1. Do not force feed children. Respect their appetite and don’t make them finish their plates even when they say they aren’t hungry.
  2. Wait for a few minutes before serving them for the second time. They may change their mind and not overeat.
  3. Do not give your children snacks that have a high amount of sugar, salt, and preservatives.
  4. Develop a habit of healthy eating from a young age. Educate them on why should they limit the intake of fat, sugar, and salt.
  5. Be sure that your children are taking enough fiber.
  6. Do not keep high-calorie food at home to be used later.
  7. Prefer shopping fresh veggies and fruits instead of prepared meals.
  8. Prefer eating fresh food instead of canned and preserved food.
  9. Plan family vacation days that include physical activities as a family thing.
  10. Reduce exposure to screens and do not let the kids watch TV while eating.
  11. Do not reward your children with an excessive amount of unhealthy candy or desserts.
  12. Pick low-calorie alternatives of full-fat dairy products.
  13. Encourage your child to participate in sports, dance and other physical activities.

Adeena Tariq

Adeena's professional life has been mostly in hospital management, while studying international business in college. Of course, she now covers topics for us in health.

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