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4 September, 2015 00:00 00 AM
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Rising number of obese children

Recent studies on urban health behavior and its consequences reveal, there has been an increase of childhood obesity among urban children in Bangladesh.  About one-quarter of children in Bangladesh are now considered as overweight or obese. Research shows that overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults.
Encouraging the child to eat healthy food and be active physically to avoid obesity can be a challenge and requires patience, positivity, practice and time. Children have different body shapes at different ages, so it can be difficult to tell if a child is overweight. As the number of overweight children in Bangladesh increases, our view of what is ‘normal’ can change. But the family doctor, school nurse or an experienced health professional, all are able to give proper feedbacks on the child’s growth.
Children become overweight when the energy they ‘take in’ (through food and drink) is greater than the energy they ‘burn’ (through physical activity and exercise). A diet high in energy and fat, combined with low levels of physical activity and exercise, will cause a child to become overweight.
Although health problems are less common in childhood, children who continue to be overweight into adulthood are at greater risk of developing: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, joint problems, breathing problems and some forms of cancer  The best way to maintain the child’s health is to create in him or her some healthy habits. They have to be taught what to eat and how much. Most important thing, beside healthy eating habits, the urge needs to be created in them for some sportive activities. A healthy diet refers to not only the type of food the child eats but also the amount of food they eat. All children should eat regularly, including healthy snacks.
Childhood obesity and the consequent acquiring of diseases early in life is not only appearing as a concern in Bangladesh. It has come to be recognized as a serious problem worldwide including the developed and rich countries. It has become so much of a concern that the US administration was prompted last year into introducing new regulations designed to discourage children from eating fast foods which are linked strongly to obesity.
Time has come in Bangladesh also for the relevant authorities to alert people about childhood obesity and adopt some regulations on foods which are catered to children.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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