What are the most common child obesity causes? There are many factors that contribute to someone becoming overweight, either by themselves or together. Things such as the way a person lives, genetic factors or a little bit of both may be involved. In some cases, genetic syndromes, endocrine problems or medications can be attributed to excessive weight gain.
Much of what we eat today is easy and quick regardless of whether it is nutritious. Daily schedules have become so hectic that there is little time left to prepare healthy meals let alone to squeeze in some time to exercise. Portion sizes both in the home and out have increased dramatically.
Now, more than ever in today’s age, life is sedentary. Children spend much more of their time playing with electronic devices from computers to handheld video games than going outside to play. One of the big culprits is the TV. Children who are younger than 8 years of age spend an average of 2.5 hours in front of the television or playing video games. Children who are over 8 spend up to 4.5 hours in front of the boob tube or else they are wriggling a joystick.
Children who watch television more than 4 hours a day are much more likely to be overweight as compared with the children who watch 2 hours or less. In today’s society, there is a TV in just about every room of the house. Having a TV in your child’s bedroom is also linked to an increased possibility of being overweight. To put it another way, once many children get home from school, just about all of their free time before dinner, doing their homework or getting ready for bed is spent in front of one screen or another!
Although PE or physical education classes in schools can help your child get up and move, it seems that more and more schools have to either cut their PE programs altogether or else they are cutting down on the amount of time that is allotted to doing fitness-building activities. One study showed that third graders who had gym class spent only 25 minutes doing vigorous activity a week.
Genetics can also play a role in your child being overweight. Genes help to determine your body type and how your body is able to store and burn fat just like they help to determine other characteristics. Due to the fact that genes and habit can be passed down from generation to generation, multiple member of a family may struggle with the weight issue.
When a person has a great reliance on "food fixes" to deal with their emotions, this can also be a contributor to weight gain. While many people eat less when they are stressed, sad or bored, this is not always the case. Some may tend to pig out!
People in the same family tend to have many of the same eating patterns, have the same levels of physical activity and have some of the same beliefs about being overweight. If one or more of the parents is overweight or obese, this increases the child’s risk of also being obese.