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Index of childhood obesity grows more than 300% in the last 35 years

In 1970 the percentage of children overweight was respectively 10.9% and 8.6%, current rates reach 34.8% and 32%

 
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The overweight in Brazilian children between 5 and 9 years has tripled in the last 35 years. According to the Consumer Expenditure Survey (POF), in 1970 the percentage of children overweight was respectively 10.9% and 8.6%. Currently, these numbers are 34.8% and 32%.

This rise is the main factor socio-economic development of Brazil in the same period. The entry of women into the labor market and the safety of their children at home, contributed to space the children were free to eat whatever they wanted in the absence of a mother who has no time to prepare your lunch, the teacher says Quintilian Daiana , the course of the Nutrition Educational Complex FMU.

She points out that being aware of what children eat and encourage them to eat properly is an important task that parents should play. The whole family should review their eating habits. The parents make the child aware that healthy food is beneficial to health, so you can control your weight more easily. Go to the fair along with the child and integrate it with food preparation is a considerable stimulus, explains.

However she acknowledged that make a child eat healthily has been increasingly difficult, because today the variety of industrial and processed food, including sweet and savory, has been far more tempting than a bowl of vegetables. She said the ease and convenience that bring prepared food is a major cause of childhood obesity.

If children do not lose the excess weight gained with this wrong diet, health problems appear in childhood, both physically and emotionally. The obese child is stigmatized and become depressed, anxious and even more discounts on food. In addition, diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and orthopedic disorders are illnesses already found in young people up to 10 years, concludes the professor.

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