As a result of obesity it is possible that for the first time in history our children may have a shorter lifespan than their parents
Obesity in childhood may result in serious medical problems in childhood such as
Overweight or obesity in childhood can also result in serious psychological difficulties.
Overweight or obese children:
Unfortunately most obese children and youth do not outgrow their weight problem. In fact, most people continue to gain weight as they age.
Obesity in adulthood leads to
An adult who is obese at age 40 years can expect to die 7 years earlier than someone who was of normal weight at the same age. The loss of years is the same as if that person had been a smoker. It is essential that families do all they can to prevent obesity in children and to have it treated it should it occur.
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Teachers interested in learning more about Screen Smart and receiving free copies of Screen Smart resources should sign up for the Action Schools! BC 5-2-1-0 Workshop. This workshop is cross-curricular collaboration featuring Action Schools! BC Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, Sip Smart! BC, and Screen Smart resources that support school health promotion messaging of: 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruit; 2 hours of screen time or less; 1 hour or more of physical activity; and 0 sugary drinks per day. The Screen Smart program is available free of charge on the Screen Smart website here.