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Tackling Obesity in Children - a challenge for parents

Obesity in children is increasingly becoming a serious medical problem today owing to the changing lifestyle and eating patterns persistent in the society. As many as 15% of children (aged 6 to 11 years) and adolescents (aged 12 to 17 years) are obese and the numbers are only increasing with time.

The two major problems for parents in this regard are detecting obesity in their kids and managing the same. If a child's weight is 20% higher than the normal range for his/her height, then it can be termed as obesity. As far as the management of obesity in children is concerned, it is truly a challenge for parents. Homeopathic medicines used in the treatment of obesity have been scientifically proved to speed up the metabolism and burn calories faster. Besides this, we have outlined some key points for parents to manage obesity in their children:

  • Encourage physical activities like outdoor games involving running, swimming, skating, riding a bicycle
  • Restrict the child's time spent in front of TV, computer, etc. since it burns fewer calories
  • Ensure that your child eats his meals slowly
  • Serve a variety of vegetables, cereals, beans, meat, etc.
  • Choose low-fat or non-fat dairy products and breads
  • Encourage sports activities at school
  • Do not forbid your child from snacking; instead plan healthy snacks regularly
  • Do not allow the child to watch television during meals as distraction of TV causes children to overeat
  • Lastly, let your child have those occasional treats like cakes, ice creams, chips, etc. at parties as long as they are occasional

Adherence to these changes in diet and lifestyle combined with constitutional homeopathic treatment can surely go a long way in successfully treating obesity in children.

Article by Dr. Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)