On December 3, 2007, NBC aired a broadcast with regard to childhood obesity.
Four of the issues discussed were:
1) Getting a BMI (body mass index) test on your child.
This test determines if your child is over or underweight, or if they fall in the obese category.
2) Have your child screened for high cholesterol.
High cholesterol is becoming more common in young children, and may lead to a variety of problems.
3) Ensuring that your children eat breakfast.
Eating breakfast has again been proven vital to maintaining a healthy weight in children.
It is also a known fact that when children eat breakfast, it helps to fuel their brains, and they do better in school
4) Breast feeding is now proving to be an indicator for normal weight children.
It was suggested that an infant be breastfed for the first six months.
It’s sad to see that children should have to be subjected to blood and/or cholesterol screening at an earlier age, however, without it, we have no way of knowing if we need to change our children’s diets.