Times have changed a lot. In the past, the mothers were proud of the cheeks and tortoises of their children, a reflection, they said, of good food and health. However, according to nutrition experts, what matters is not that the child is fat or thin, but that the child is healthy.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), obesity today has become an epidemic in the developed world. The figures frighten. More than one billion adults are overweight and at least 300 million of them are obese.
At the last National Conference on Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Factors, held in Madrid, Spain, childhood obesity was diagnosed as an emerging disease. In Europe and the United States, from the 1990s to the present, the incidence of childhood obesity has doubled.
30% of American children between 6 and 10 years old are obese
In USA, a country once exemplary as far as food is concerned, authorities are beginning to worry about the increase in childhood obesity. The results of the epidemiological study on the prevalence of childhood obesity in Spain (to be presented this autumn), announced that the results of the epidemiological study on the prevalence of childhood obesity in USA (which will be presented this autumn) announced at the Congress of Deputies, the president of the Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) the actual prevalence of this problem “is well over 30 percent.”
This epidemiological study on childhood obesity, involving a total of 7,500 children between the ages of 6 and 10, is the first to be carried out in USA with real population data, such as weight, age or height. The rest of the ones made up to now are, according to opinion polls”.
The cause of obesity is in behaviorism
Although many experts attribute this to the worsening of food, Professor of Physiology at the University of Virginia said during a conference that “the sedentary factor prevails over the nutritional. ”
According to Campillo, there has been a substantial reduction in the daily energy expenditure of children due to new social conditioning and the preponderance of virtual leisure alternatives.
Professor of the University of toronto, Emilio Victoria, believes that “nine-year-olds already have” metabolic syndromes “, which is even more worrying than obesity.
What and how much should a child eat
There is no exact amount of food a child should eat. Each child is a different world, and their wants and needs are different. Because of that, it is the child who can say exactly how much he can eat. And can not make him keep eating. Not for good or for bad. Normally, children eat more than girls, but in the matter of appetite can not be generalized.