Many parents underestimate the Obesity of their children

Many parents underestimate the Obesity of their children

“He’ll grow out of…”: parents of thick kids not to see their offspring often are overweight or obese. Also, the girls and boys knew about their high weight status, often shows a broad investigation, which is looking at the European Congress on obesity (Fat) in UK Glasgow, was presented.

For the children involved, the serious consequences it can have. Obesity is considered a risk factor for hypertension, Diabetes, kidney disease and various types of cancer such as colon and breast cancer. According to a study by the world was the cause of four million deaths in the year 2015 – the equivalent of around seven per cent of deaths in the period. Two-thirds of those Affected died of heart disease.

Almost every fifth child is overweight

“Despite Attempts to promote the public awareness of the Problem of obesity, as demonstrated by our results, that the Obesity of the children is often underestimated”, said Abrar Alshahrani of English University of Nottingham. As a result, many children do not get the support they need to stay healthy. Worldwide, more than 17 percent of girls and more than 19 percent of the boys are currently considered overweight. In 1975, there were less than five percent.

For their meta-analysis, the researchers used worldwide 87 studies from the past 20 years. These included 24.774 children and young people from 0 to 19 years and their parents. Such studies are considered in research as more reliable because they are based on a large data basis and the Know from several studies summarize. However, the current study has not been yet published in a medical journal.

The result of the meta-study: 55 percent of parents of thick kids underestimate their weight status, especially for little girls and boys. Parents who bring on too many Kilos on the scale and a low educational status have, in addition, are particularly common. In addition, each third estimated approximately to the thickness of a child being Overweight is also considered to be low. Also, many of the doctors were wrong when it came to a correct assessment of Obesity, researchers warn.

To determine the degree of Obesity, there are various methods. In the study, the researchers took into account the size and weight of the children, as well as the circumference of the waist and the hip. Common is also the so-called Body Mass Index (BMI), body weight in proportion to body size. A calculation of the BMI is only for children from one year. On the side of the Federal centre for health education, parents can check whether their child is valid according to the definitions of the BMI as overweight. A two-year-old girl with a height of 90 centimetres, and weighs 17 kilograms, for example, is classified as severely overweight.

The main reasons for Obesity are usually an unhealthy diet and too little exercise. What children eat has, for example, density is often a particularly high level of energy. That is, it contains, per 100 grams of very many calories. The average food to children in Europe according to an EU-funded study of 200 kilo-calories per 100 grams. This corresponds to about the calories of ready-made French fries out of the oven.

The world health organization (WHO) has Recently published for the first time recommendations how much you should move small children up to five years. Accordingly, Three – to four-year-old for at least 180 minutes a day of physical activity. According to a recent long-term analysis, 80 percent of the children move in Germany. Accordingly, the 6 spend – to 17-Year-olds per day, on average, less than 50 minutes with moderate-to-strenuous movement.