child obesity may be caused by children's eating habits

Eating Habits Impact Child Obesity

Julian Omidi discusses a Norwegian study that looked to answer why some children put on more weight than others.

It seems when it comes to weight gain, some people struggle more than others. This is true in both children and adults. A study performed in Norway looked to find the factors that caused some children to gain weight faster than others.

Conducted by researchers at NTNU’s Department of Psychology, they found that the way children relate to food was crucial on the positive or negative impact on their health. Children who are triggered by the sight and smell of food were more likely to have a higher Body Mass Index or BMI. It was less about hunger and more about the stimuli. The reasoning behind some people’s reaction to food stimuli is still unclear.

The study is part of a larger body of work where the researchers look at children’s development and their psychology over several years. They looked at the data of children at ages 2, 4, 6 and 8 years. The study found a sort of chicken and egg scenario: does BMI increase appetite or does appetite increase BMI?

The researchers stated that it went both ways. Those with larger appetites were more likely to have higher BMI’s but when a person’s BMI increased, they were more likely to be stimulated more by food thus eating more. The older a child gets, around 6 to 8, the less likely they were to stop eating after they should have been satiated.

Silje Steinsbekk, one of the researchers, points out that many children find it difficult to know when they are full. Though it is important for children to judge how much food they should eat, Steinsbekk recommends parents learn to regulate their children’s food intake. That way, they’ll know the appropriate time to stop eating.

This is just another key piece to solving the puzzle of child obesity. There are many factors that come into play with obesity in children. If your child has a weight problem, the more informed you can become on child obesity, the better you can help them treat their obesity. Consult your physician to learn how to manage your child’s weight in order for them to live a healthy life style.

Be good to each other,

Julian Omidi

Julian Omidi is the co-founder of The Children’s Obesity Fund, a nonprofit that works to eliminate child obesity.



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Child Obesity Programs Help Children in Neighborhoods

Julian Omidi, co-founder of The Children’s Obesity Fund discusses a study in Australia that found obesity programs in neighborhoods helped short term weight loss.

The battle to win against child obesity has taken many different methods to try to reduce the weight of young children. According to an Australian study, neighborhood programs may be able to help this goal. Today, we’ll look at the study and how this might be something organizers could implement in America.

From 2009 to 2012, parents and children from ages 6 to 15 attended obesity treatments twice a week for 10 weeks. After the program, researchers measured the children’s weight and weight related behavior of the 2,812 participants.

The children had beneficial changes in Body Mass Index, waist circumference, self-esteem and screen time. These changes were more prevalent in children who completed at least 75% or more of the program. The benefits also included their diet, as the children were less likely to eat sugary foods.

The study was started because one in four children ages 5 to 14 were obese. The treatment was based off a UK treatment MEND which was reshaped in an Australian context Go4Fun. MEND was redesigned because of the success it had in the UK.

Prior to the study, the effectiveness of after school treatment programs for child obesity wasn’t well documented. The Go4Fun program shows that, at least in the short term, child obesity treatment after school programs could help children who are obese. At least in the Go4Fun program, both children and parents were involved. That way, the parent could help implement changes into a child’s day-to-day routine.

Whether these types of programs could be converted to American ideologies is yet to be found. It is important for children and parents in neighborhoods to become informed about the consequences of child obesity. They also need to be informed about the changes they can make to their diet and daily physical activity to make a better future.

Be good to each other,

Julian Omidi

Julian Omidi is the co-founder of The Children’s Obesity Fund which works to rid the world of child obesity.

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The Weight of Obesity on a Family

Julian Omidi discuss how obesity can impact the entire family, and is especially harmful to children who are at risk of child obesity.

Much has been written lately about obesity, especially with the rising awareness of the risks associated with child obesity. Ultimately, obesity is a family affair, starting with parents and ending with children. Today, let’s look at the ways obesity can impact the entire family.

Obese Parents Set Up Children for Obesity

Recently, it has been found that obese mothers could hardwire their children for obesity once born. In a study, researchers found that cells created from the womb of obese mothers had 30% more fat than average weight mothers. Though it is still unclear if there is a direct link to obesity during pregnancy and a child’s likeliness to become obese.

However, if a child is raised in a household where the parents are obese, they may be more likely to become obese themselves. Through learned behavior a child could pick up unhealthy eating habits. The children may also be less likely to be physically active because their parents engage in more sedentary behavior. Much of what a child learns comes from their parents.

Parent’s Denial my Cause a Child to Live in Obesity

Another study found that many parents are blind to their children’s obesity. Part of this stems from a lack of knowledge about healthy Body Mass Index, which measure the amount of fat a person has. Another factor causing this is the lack of knowledge of proper nutrition. The research presented found that a parent’s ability to identify a child’s weigh problem has declined over the years. This could be attributed to the old saying, “love is blind.”

With that said, families have a significant chance to positively impact their children in order to prevent child obesity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their guidelines, which encourage parents to become more active and authoritative in making healthy food choices for their children. They recommend that parents put the healthy food in a visible place in the kitchen. They also recommend that parents purchase less sugary beverages like soda and sports drinks.

Grandparents help Child Obesity

A study found that when grandparents provided emotional support to their children as well as their grandchildren, this provided an opportunity to improve a child’s quality of life and reduce the chance of child obesity. The elimination of stress helped the children live healthier lives.

As you can see, there are many ways obesity impacts a family. The deteriorating health of parents and children create more stress and an overall unhealthy environment to live in. If families want to be happier, they must be healthier. This could greatly impact the quality of life in years to come.

Be good to each other,

Julian Omidi

Julian Omidi is the co-founder of The Children’s Obesity Fund, a nonprofit that advocates the reduction of child obesity.

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