GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Healthcare and Medicine

 
  Share
23 November 2017, Dubai, UAE:  This World Anti-Obesity Day, experts are calling for parents to introduce more exercise and healthy eating into their children's daily lives to prevent the emerging obesity epidemic in the region, and help prevent the psychological effects of obesity. 
 
Childhood obesity has emerged as a major health challenge around the globe affecting more than 41 million children worldwide, and forecasted to reach 70 million by 2025, if current trends continue . According to the World Health Organisation, over 17% of children in the UAE are classed as obese .  The effects of obesity extend to the community and finances of the country and it is currently costing the UAE $6 billion per year . 
 
The psychological effects of obesity are overwhelmingly evident according to Bahee Van de Bor, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London.  “Overweight and obese children are likely to remain obese into adulthood and face problems such as depression and bullying, which can further decrease children's self-esteem and mental well-being,” says Ms. Van de Bor. She added that to avoid the psychological problems continuing into adulthood, it is important to tackle childhood obesity early. 
 
Dr Lee Hudson, Consultant General Paediatrician at GOSH emphasises the severity of the problem stating that it is an emerging epidemic in the region and says that “issues with weight tend to build over time and they can go unnoticed by the family until the problems are established”. 
 
Obesity has several effects on a child's health, now and in the future, and is a leading cause of death around the world. Obese children have an increased risk as adults for strokes, coronary artery disease, hypertension and diabetes, which will lead to a decreased quality of life and a shortened lifespan.  
“Losing weight is hard, and the treatment for being overweight is usually the same as the way to prevent it,” says Dr. Hudson who is urging families in the Middle East to take action against childhood obesity.
 
Dr. Hudson and Ms. Van De Bor agree that the support network around the child can play a key role in the prevention or treatment of obesity. “It is important that the family encourage positive body image from an early age, teach their children about nutrition and understand what factors are driving weight gain,” urges Ms. Van de Bor.
 
People who do exercise regularly have a 50% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and 30% lower risk of early death, dementia and depression. In addition to the health benefits of exercise, Ms. Van de Bor highlights that overweight and obese children who exercise regularly will see benefits in their school performance as they are able to focus and concentrate better.
 
Children need around 60 minutes of exercise a day which can be split between school and extra-curricular activities. Being active and eating healthy shouldn't feel like chores to the child and should be incorporated in an enjoyable way as simple as playing tag. 
 
Tackling the problem together as a family can be a great step towards a healthy lifestyle and Ms. Van de Bor recommends that parents participate in the activity with their child and prepare a nutritious snack for them to eat immediately after the activity. 
 
“This reduces the temptation to snack on high sugar/fat snacks later in the day.  Always offer your support and understanding and ensure that there are plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and healthy snacks readily available for children to eat at home when hungry,” she says. 
 
Tips for parents
 
Get Active
Top tips from Lee Hudson, Consultant General Paediatrician, and Niamh Landry, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian, at GOSH to help get kids and families healthy and active. 
  • Get active! Exercising is important for preventing weight problems. 
Kids need about 60 minutes a day and they need help achieving this both in school and at home. Encourage them to join a school sports team or take part in school activities. After school, look into local after school clubs or sports teams; there are lots of fun ways for kids to do 60 minutes without making it a chore.  
Activities such as cycling, walking, playing tag, jumping rope or swimming and dancing are great activities to encourage your child to do exercise.
  • Join in as a family
Exercise is more fun as a family! It should be encouraged and integrated in everyday family life. This can be small, incremental changes (e.g. deciding to walk to school rather than taking the car), to bigger changes (e.g. family trips to the swimming pool or going on a family bike ride).
  • Reducing screen time
Reducing the amount of time kids spend in front of a screen, such as a computer, television or video game consoles is also beneficial. 
  • Be a good role model
All the family need to be on board with a healthy ‘get fit, get active' attitude so the child doesn't feel odd or singled out. This will soon make this healthy attitude a normal, everyday part of family life. 
  • Eat well
It's important that the body is fuelled correctly to feel the benefits of doing exercise. Make sure the family are eating regular, healthy and properly portioned meals every day. Watch out of sugary snacks and drinks in between meals and instead snack on fruit or nuts and drink water where necessary.   



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 13560 times
Posted on : Thursday, November 23, 2017  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Pure Health organizes a workshop to raise staff awareness about the Federal Pension Law
Next Story : Medcare Women and Children Hospital introduces safer technology for treatment of breast lumps in the...
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
24 Karat Gold Elixir by Mehrunisa Launches in the UAE Beauty Market
Festive Gift Sets from Bubble T
Get Ready for Party Season with Lottie's new make-up hits
Holiday Gifting Made Easy with Wet n Wild Beauty Specials
Tissot PR100 Lady Sport – Chic Glamourous Festive Season
Interview with Asil Attar, CEO of Al Yasra Fashion
New 1948 Seamaster Watches Join the Ranks'
DKNY Launches (Limited Edition) Holiday 2018 Collection
Tissot PR100 Lady Sport – Chic Sporty yet Feminine
Dubai Shopping Festival Wednesday Specials at The Smile Bar
Extra Fort Automatic continues to set style standards
CITIZEN's “#MyBetterStartsNow” campaign seeks out UAE's inspired and driven indi...
Winter wool Christmas must- haves
Model of the Year Takes Camo to Catwalk Level
Johnny Depp Wears a Corum Bubble Skull
Samsung Galaxy A9 – Designed to capture the world in its fullest
Chic and Stylish Wraps with a 3 in 1 effortless concept
Michael Kors Collection Transeason 2019 Press Presentation
Santa is Coming to Town!
Pure Gold Jewellers celebrates the festive season with new diamond necklace desi...
TIPS & TOES: January 2019 Special Offers
New Menu alert: Moombai & Co. launches exciting and delicious food items to its menu
9th Edition of China Homelife Exhibition to Have Over 3000 Exhibitors Across Bus...
Marni Introduces Marni Rothko, A 7-layer Acetate Frame With a Vivid, New Color ...
Els Back for the 30th Omega Dubai Desert Classic Aiming for a Record Fourth Victory
UAE students win top awards at international math competition in Malaysia
Enjoy 11 exciting new street entertainment shows at BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai
Over 80 developers showcase top projects at Indian Property Show in Dubai
Get Party Ready with Champion Cleaners
'Introducing the GUESS Jeans Fall 2018 Collection'
Raja Al Gurg is one of Forbes Magazine's 100 most powerful women in the world
Ring in the New Year With Four Firework Shows at Dubai Festival City Mall
Puma and Hasbro Announce New Collaboration
Nine winners honored by DQG for their innovative ideas at the 10th Global Contin...
Over 2,000 Cyclists Took Part in the Cycle Challenge of the Year
Jury Announced for Epson's First Ever Win-A-Robot Competition in Europe, The Mid...
SAVEX 11 TO 15 DECEMBER 2018
Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge | Road Closure Timings
His Highness Sheikh Saud discusses collaboration with British Consul-General And...
Listen to the Autism Beat Gala Dinner at Atlantis - The Palm
Cosy, chic coats from Marks & Spencer
Facebook Watch: What We've Built & What's Ahead
Arla Foods launches initiative with UAE Ministry of Education to promote healthi...
Bawabat Al Sharq Mall is all set to welcome an exciting festive season with 'Wi...
CBUAE and Central Bank of China meet to Enhance Renminbi Clearing in the UAE
Julphar to Launch Wearable Insulin Delivery Device in GCC
It's a Wrap! The Second JLT Restaurant Awards Conclude with a Glitzy Ceremony At...
Joe's Backyard Opens at the Holiday Inn, Dubai Festival City
Young Emirati Champion Rashid Al Dhaheri Powers Ahead to Stunning Victory at the...
Dubai Islamic Bank triumphs at Islamic Business and Finance Awards 2018