FORT MYERS, Fla. - Dr. Annette St. Pierre MacKoul talks about three new studies involving the risk of obesity to your children.
More Intensive Interventions Needed to Combat Severe Obesity in Teens:
6% of children and teens are severely obese.
90% will grow up to be obese adults.
Serious health problems can arise.
Decrease in quality of life will occur.
Pediatric Severe Obesity:
Healthy lifestyle changes with diet and exercise.
Medical weight management programs
Program to Combat Childhood Obesity Gets Kids in Daycare Moving:
Intervention program initiated in daycare centers.
91% of physical activity goals achieved
Promote lifelong health benefits.
Nutrition and Physical Activity were promoted.
Conclusion is that intervention is necessary.
Data from this study:
More than 200 children studied in 26 daycare centers, ages 3-5 years.
Equal number of boys and girls studied.
Pre-intervention: sedentary 89.9% of the time.
Intervention occurred with education and guidelines given.
Post-intervention: physical activity increased by 22%.
Vigorous activity increased by 50%.
Moderate activity increased by 33%.
Control group showed no significant changes.
Fetal Exposure to Lead Linked to Obesity in Mice:
Known: Neurological and learning disabilities.
New: exposure in utero leads to obesity in children.
Level of exposure didn't matter.
8-10% increase in weight of children.
Males > females