According to the CDC, childhood obesity is a complex health issue. It occurs when a child is well above the normal or healthy weight for his or her age and height.
Even among the youngest of children, it’s clear that obesity rates are rising across the globe. Equally clear is that it’s very, very hard for anyone who becomes overweight to lose weight, at any age. Preventing obesity in a child’s earliest years (and even before birth, through healthy habits during pregnancy) confers a lifetime of health benefits. And it’s the most promising path for turning around the global epidemic.
Childhood obesity can be brought on by a range of factors, which often act in combination.
The greatest risk factor for child obesity is the obesity of both parents.
This may be reflected by the family's environment and genetics.
Other reasons may also be due to: psychological factors, and the child's body type.
There are three main prevention strategies that caregivers and parents can use to help children maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Healthy, appropriate, and consistent eating patterns.
- Physical activity.
- Adequate sleep.
Complete your annual requirements in Child Development and Lifelong Wellness (Child Nutrition, Obesity, and Physical Activity) with ChildCareEd’s approved courses.
Childcare providers in Nevada are required to complete 2 hours of training in Child Nutrition/ Wellness annually.
The following trainings can be taken to meet the Child Nutrition/Wellness training requirement.
ChildCareEd is a sponsor organization approved by the Nevada Registry.