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Title: Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

Childhood Obesity Causes, Consequences, and
  • Relatives As Parents Program Grantees
  • The Brookdale Foundation
  • Jana R. Kicklighter, PhD,RD
  • Associate Professor
  • Division of Nutrition
  • Georgia State University
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • June 17, 2009

Objectives Participants will
  • Describe how to determine a childs weight status
  • Identify trends in childhood obesity
  • Explain the causes and consequences of childhood
  • Interpret results of a healthy habits quiz
  • Describe potential solutions to the childhood
    obesity problem
  • Identify goals for change to address weight
    issues in childhood

Determination of Healthy Weights for Children
  • Use Body Mass Index (BMI) as screening tool
  • Calculated from childs weight and height
  • Indicator of body fatness
  • Use for children 2 years of age and older

CDC Growth Chart Example
CDC Weight Definitions for Children based on BMI
  • gt5th percentile,
  • lt 85th percentile
  • gt85th percentile,
  • lt 94th percentile
  • gt95th percentile
  • Healthy weight
  • Overweight
  • Obese

Prevalence of Childhood Overweight National
Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES)
NHANES 1976-1980 NHANES 2003-2004
2-5 year olds 5.0 13.9
6-11 year olds 6.5 18.8
12-19 year olds 5.0 17.4
Consequences of Childhood Overweight
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Asthma
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Fatty liver
  • Emotional pain
  • Obese adult

Cause of Childhood Obesity Energy
Imbalance Food/Beverages Activity
  • Energy Imbalance

Socioecological Model
  • To promote healthy weight incorporate strategies
    at four levels
  • Individual increase individuals knowledge and
  • Relationships use family, friends and social
    networks as positive influences
  • Community work for positive changes in schools
    and neighborhoods
  • Societal level advocate for educational and
    social policies to support positive changes

Factors Contributing to Energy Imbalance and
Weight Problems (Last 2-3 Decades)
  • Heredity Plays a small role
  • Way we live, eat and play has changed
  • Greater variety of readily available, low cost
    energy dense foods
  • Larger portion sizes
  • Increase in eating out fast food
  • More exposure to food and beverage advertisements
  • Increased screen time
  • Decreased physical activity

Healthy Habits Quiz
Do you and your family Yes (2 pts) No (0 pt) Some-times (1 pt)
Have regularly scheduled meals when you are at home?
Eat meals together at least once a day?
Plan snacks?
Tailor portion sizes to each persons needs?
Plan and prepare meals together once a day?
Eat three meals every day?
Try to make mealtimes enjoyable?
Healthy Habits Quiz (cont)
Do you and your family Yes (2 pts) No (0 pt) Some-times (1 pt)
Avoid making everyone eat everything on their plate?
Make meals last more than fifteen minutes?
Eat only in designated areas of the house?
Avoid using food to punish or reward?
Enjoy physical activities together once or twice a week?
Source Kosharek SM. If Your Child is Overweight
A Guide for Parents. 3rd ed. Chicago, IL
American Dietetic Association 2006.
Healthy Habits Quiz Scores
  • Add up total points and interpret as follows
  • 20-24 Your family is on the right track.
  • 13-19 Your family is doing well but could work
    on areas where you answered no or sometimes.
  • lt12 The next section on solutions should be
    very helpful as you help your grandchild(ren)
    toward healthier habits.

Solutions Eat regular meals and increase family
  • Eat meals 3 times/day and only in designated
  • Eat together as a family one time/day
  • Keep meals simple, easy and nutritious
  • Get everyone involved in planning, shopping and
    preparing meals
  • Make mealtimes relaxed, pleasurable, enjoyable
    and engaging
  • Get creative and be flexible a family meal could
    be a picnic prior to a sports event

Benefits of Family Meals
  • More healthful diets
  • Better school performance
  • Grandparents serve as role models for healthful
    attitudes toward food and eating
  • Grandparents can model healthy food habits
  • Promotes psychological wellness Lower rates of
    smoking, drinking and drug use, getting in
    fights, later initiation of sexual activity

Grandparent/Grandchildren Responsibilities
  • Grandparents are responsible for the what, when
    and where of feeding
  • Nutritionally and developmentally appropriate
  • Opportunity to eat every 2 1/2 3 hours
  • Provide support
  • Grandchildren are responsible for whether, what
    and how much to eat from those provided
  • Source Satter E. Secrets of Feeding a Healthy
    Family. Madison, WI Kelcy Press 1999.

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MyPyramid for Kids Key Messages
  • Be physically active every day
  • Every color every day5 different food groups
  • Eat more from some food groups than others
  • Choose healthier foods from each group
  • Take one step at a time and start with small

Solution Tips for Healthier Foods
  • Make half your grains whole
  • Vary your veggies
  • Focus on fruits
  • Get your calcium-rich foods
  • Go lean with protein
  • Change your oil
  • Dont sugarcoat it
  • Know your portions

Recommended Number of Servings By Age and Sex
2-3 years 4-8 years 9-13 years
Milk/dairy (c) 2 2 3
Lean meat beans (oz) 2 5
Female 3
Male 4
Fruits (c) 1 1.5 1.5
Vegetables (c) 1
Female 1 2
Male 1.5 2.5
Grains (oz) 3
Female 4 5
Male 5 6
3 Star Meal and Snack Guidelines
  • Include more than one food group
  • Limit fat and sugar
  • Include fruits, vegetables, and foods made with
    whole grains

Solution Appropriate Portion Sizes
Serving What it Looks Like
Grains (oz) 1 slice bread
1 c dry cereal
½ c rice, pasta or cereal
Vegetables (cup) ½ c chopped
1 c lettuce
Fruits (cup) 3/4 c juice
1/2 c chopped
1 medium fruit
1/4 c raisins
Solution Appropriate Portion Sizes
Serving What it Looks Like
Milk and Dairy (cup) 1 c milk or yogurt
1 1/2 oz cheese
Lean Meat and Beans (oz) 3 oz cooked meat, fish and poultry
2 eggs
1 c cooked dried beans
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 c nuts
Solution Be Aware of Portion Distortion
  • Portion sizes have increased over past 20 years
  • Larger portions add up
  • 100 extra calories/day can lead to weight gain of
    10 pounds/year
  • Examples that follow are from the National Heart,
    Lung and Blood Institute website

Portion Distortion 257 More Calories
  • 20 years ago
  • 333 calories
  • Today
  • 590 calories

Portion Distortion 350 More Calories
  • 20 years ago
  • 500 calories
  • Today
  • 850 calories

Portion Distortion 525 More Calories
  • 20 years ago
  • 1 cup spaghetti with sauce 3 small meatballs500
  • Today
  • 2 cups spaghetti with sauce 3 large
    meatballs1,025 calories

Portion Distortion 165 More Calories
  • 20 years ago
  • 6.5 oz 85 calories
  • Today
  • 20 oz250 calories

Portion Distortion 290 More Calories
  • 20 years ago
  • 1.5 oz 210 calories
  • Today
  • 4 oz 500 calories

Portion Distortion 400 More Calories
  • 20 years ago
  • 2.4 oz210 calories
  • Today
  • 6.9 oz610 calories

Effect of Eating Out on Children
  • Consume more
  • Calories
  • Fat
  • Added sugar
  • Sugar sweetened beverages
  • Consume fewer
  • Fruits
  • Non-starchy vegetables
  • Consume less
  • Fiber
  • Milk

Characteristics of Childrens Meals at Chain
  • Dominated by burgers, chicken nuggets, macaroni
    cheese, French fries and soft drinks
  • Most common entrée fried chicken
  • Most common side order fries
  • Most popular beverage soft drinks
  • Source Wootan MG, Batada A, Marchlewicz E.
    Kids Meals Obesity on the Menu. Center for
    Science in the Public Interest. Available at

Childrens Menu Hall of Shame
  • Chilis
  • Country-fried chicken crispers, cinnamon apples
    chocolate milk
  • Chilis
  • Cheese pizza, homestyle fries lemonade
  • KFC
  • Popcorn chicken, baked beans, biscuit, fruit
    punch Teddy Grahams
  • Burger King
  • Double cheeseburger, fries chocolate milk
  • Sonic
  • Grilled cheese, fries slushie
  • 1020 calories
  • 1000 calories
  • 940 calories
  • 910 calories
  • 830 calories

Healthier Restaurant Choices
  • Subway
  • Chilis
  • Arbys
  • Ham mini-sub with juice box apple slices or
  • Grilled chicken sandwich with apple juice, corn
    kernels or mandarin oranges or pineapple
  • Popcorn chicken or Jr. roast beef sandwich with
    fruit cup and fruit juice

Solution Emphasize Healthy Eating Out
  • Plan ahead where to go
  • Look beyond the childs menu Consider
    appetizers, soups, salads and side dishes
  • Be a good role model
  • Make portion control a priority split a
    sandwich, share an entrée, or take home a doggy
  • Build a healthier food choose whole wheat bread
    and lean ham for a sandwich load up the pizza
    with veggies and lean meats

Solution Limit Exposure to Advertisements Geared
to Children
  • Typical child watches gt 40,000 TV commercials
    each year
  • gt 12 billion per year is spent on marketing to
  • Most heavily advertised
  • Fast foods
  • Snack foods
  • Highly sugared foods
  • Source Ritchie LD, Welk G, Styne D, Gerstein
    DE, Crawford PB. Family environment and pediatric
    overweight What is a parent to do? J Am Diet
    Assoc. 2005 105 S70-S79.

Solution Decrease Screen Time
  • Negative effects of TV
  • Snacking on sweets, chips, pizza, fast foods
  • Advertisements encourage unhealthy foods
  • Lower intake of fruits and vegetables
  • Increased inactivity
  • Limit screen time
  • lt 2 hours/day
  • No TV for child lt 2 years old
  • Remove TV and computers from bedroom
  • Establish family rules
  • Source American Academy of Pediatrics

Solution Increase Family Physical Activity
  • Benefits of physical activity
  • Strengthens bones
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Relieves stress
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Helps with weight management

Physical Activity Recommendations for Children
  • One hour or more of moderate or vigorous physical
    activity per day
  • Examples of moderate activities
  • Hiking skateboarding bicycle riding brisk
  • Examples of vigorous activities
  • Jumping rope running soccer basketball
  • Sources American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Heart Association Centers for Disease
    Control and Prevention

Tips for Getting the Family more Active
  • Build into family routines
  • Focus on fun activities and use them as rewards
    for good behavior
  • Encourage children to play outside with other
  • Include in daily routines

Solution Identify What to Change How many of
these describe your family?
  • Little physical activity (lt 15 minutes/day)?
  • Snacks frequently on high fat, high calorie foods
    (chips, cookies, candy, ice cream)?
  • Does not eat at regular mealtimes?
  • Skips meals and snacks throughout the day?

Solution Identify What to Change (Cont) How
many of these describe your family?
  • Watches gt 2 hours TV/day?
  • Spends several hours each day playing videogames
    or using computer?
  • Snacks while watching TV or playing videogames?
  • Eats a lot of sugary or fried foods?
  • Eats fast food more than 1 time/week?
  • Drinks sweetened beverages daily (soda, juice
    drinks, fruit juice, sweetened milk drinks)?

Identify Specific Behaviors to Change
  • Examine the behavioral statements answered with
    a yes
  • Identify 2-3 behaviors you would like your family
    to change
  • Start with those

Solution Identify Barriers to Change and
Brainstorm Ways to Overcome
  • Do barriers include
  • Lack of skills?
  • Lack of time?
  • Lack of money?
  • Or a combination of these?

Solution How to Change
  • Make it a family affair
  • Start with small changes
  • Write down realistic and measurable goals (2-3)
  • Make weekly goals and track progress
  • Dont expect perfection
  • Reward with nonfood prizes

Solution Become an Advocate for Community and
Societal Change
  • More sidewalks in neighborhoods
  • Community gardens and farmers markets
  • Walking school bus program
  • Changes in schools
  • Ban soft drinks and candy sales
  • Teach nutrition
  • Incorporate physical education
  • Teach healthy cooking
  • Regulate advertising to children
  • Healthier menu options for kids
  • Post nutrition information in restaurants

In Summary
  • G - Grandparents can
  • R role model good eating habits/attitudes
  • A arrange for family physical activities
  • N note the 3 star meal and snack guidelines
  • D decrease screen time
  • P plan and prepare regular family meals
  • A avoid using food to punish or reward
  • R restrict eating out
  • E encourage fruits, vegetables whole grains
  • N note food label nutrition information
  • T tailor portion sizes to individual needs
  • S set realistic and measurable goals

  • Grandparents are a family's greatest treasure,
    the founders of a loving legacy, The greatest
    storytellers, the keepers of traditions that
    linger on in cherished memory. Grandparents are
    the family's strong foundation. Their very
    special love sets them apart. Through happiness
    and sorrow, through their special love and
    caring, grandparents keep a family close at
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