On this week’s episode of Sisters Without Shame, a parent in crisis needs advice on how to get her family healthy again. Following two years of restricted movement which saw the rise of screen time and less outdoor activity, there is a concern that the childhood obesity problem may be exacerbated in Mzansi. This is according to Western Cape dietitian, Jo-Anne Roets, who has all the answers to our friend’s concerns.
“Childhood obesity has become a growing global epidemic. Between 1975 and recently 2016, the global prevalence of childhood obesity rose from 4% to just over 18%,” Roets says.
Unpacking childhood obesity, Roets explains that this refers to children between the ages of four and 19.
“That is a massive increase. Childhood obesity has increased for a variety of reasons, but a major role player is a more sedentary lifestyle. Physical activity has now been overtaken by watching TV, playing video games, and spending more and more time on phones and tablets. Children are also not eating balanced diets and are consuming too much sugar salt, fats, and calories.”
What are the consequences of childhood obesity?
Children who have obesity, compared to those with a healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, warns Roets.
“In the short term, they are more prone to dental decay, asthma, poor sleeping, concentration, and poor academic performance.”
On this episode Roets also uncovers:
- The emotional impact of obesity;
- Fostering healthy food relationships;
- Food as a preventative measure for obesity.
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