With one in five children suffering from obesity, it’s important for parents to know how much weight is too much for their teens and children. For those parents who may be overly concerned, it’s also important to know when a teen or child is NOT obese. To help with this, the CDC has developed an online Body Mass Index calculator for children and teens. This can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/bmi/calculator.html
Childhood obesity has serious consequences for both physical and mental health. Children who suffer from obesity are more likely to exhibit signs of depression, emotional and behavioral issues, low self-esteem and being bullied.
While the physical consequences of obesity are too serious to ignore, it’s important to keep these mental health issues in mind when trying to help a teen or child lose weight. Instead of creating a special diet or activity for individual weight loss, embracing a healthy lifestyle for the whole family may be the better route. Not only will the child or teen be less likely to feel singled out, but the entire family will also be healthier.