Talk to your child’s pediatrician and their pediatric dentist about how to implement good eating habits.
Child obesity is an increasing problem in our modern society. More often than not it is associated with unhealthy eating habits and a poor example set by parents, role models and peers. Obesity in children can lead to many problems that manifest directly or over the years. Could there be a link between poor oral health and child obesity?
If your child has gained some weight and you start noticing that their figure is modifying, it is best to ask your pediatrician if there is any reason for concern. Depending on the child’s age, his weight may or may not be excessive.
As a child grows older, the weight and height graphs modify, so make sure you use the right measurement and reference system to determine if your kid truly has a weight problem. The BMI score is one of the indicators that can lead to obesity diagnosis. BMI (Body Mass Index) shows the proportion between the child’s weight and his height.
What Are the Leading Causes of Child Obesity?
There are many reasons your child may gain an unhealthy amount of weight. First of all, you need to evaluate the family’s eating habits. Do you often eat out or prepare highly processed meals? Are you drinking large amounts of soda drinks or fruit juice? Do you indulge, often in sweets or fatty snacks? These habits can lead to a weight problem not only for your child but for all the members of your family too.
Another leading cause of childhood obesity is the lack of proper exercise. Children are increasingly giving away their physical activities in favor of playing video games indoors. If they spend too much time indoors, they lack the minimum amount of effort needed to stay in shape.
If your child is obese despite having a healthy diet and a proper amount of daily exercise, you might want to investigate possible hormonal causes.
Is Child Obesity Linked to Oral Health?
A study conducted in 2017 by the University of Gothenburg explored the possible links between childhood obesity and oral health problems. The study showed that children who had the most risks of having cavities also had unhealthy eating habits and weight problems.
To put it simply, children who have unhealthy eating habits may also be more prone to having oral health problems. Eating too much sugar leads to child obesity as well as cavities. One of the solutions proposed by the researchers conducting the study was to bring the discussion about child obesity into the dentist office. If dentists would be more involved in promoting good eating habits, child obesity may be easier to prevent.
If you are interested in your child’s health, giving your child a proper diet, proper amounts of exercise and prom