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Ways to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Ways to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Nearly one in five children are obese—here’s what you can do to help keep your child healthy.

If you thought the Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander couldn’t get any better, his ERA (the average number of earned runs scored against a pitcher over every nine innings) has dropped from 3.17 to 2.99 in 2019. In contrast, the Indian’s ERA average for their starting pitchers is 4.11. That number needs to come down.

Another number we’d like to see lowered is the cholesterol number for U.S. kids and teens. According to a study published in JAMA, only half of children and adolescents are in the ideal range (HDL “good” cholesterol greater than 45mg/dL and LDL lousy cholesterol less than 110 mg/dl)—and 25 percent are in the clinically high range.

Having problematic cholesterol numbers as a kid or teen is a precursor to having plaque build-up in the blood vessels—and that can cause cardiovascular disease before they’re even into their 40s. Why the high numbers? Obesity.

According to the CDC, nearly one in five school-age children are obese. But both overweight and dangerously high LDL levels can be brought down with exercise and a nutritious diet. So, Mom and Dad, protect your kids from obesity by making sure they avoid the five food felons—saturated and trans fats, added sugars and syrups, refined and processed grains—and get 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily (three days every week should be vigorous).

Kids shouldn’t have to work that hard to get there if they put down their electronic devices and throw the ball around or ride a bike. 

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