Overweight has a greater chance of growing into obese adults and developing problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, breathing disorders including sleep apnea and asthma, joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort, fatty liver disease, gallstones, heartburn and some cancers.
They are also more likely to have psychosocial problems, including depression and low self-esteem.
Encouraging yourself to lose weight is the obvious fix, but that’s easier said than done. Diet plans for adults don’t work because, along with cutting calories, dieting causes nutritional deficits that can impair physical growth and mental development. a nutrition-packed diet for their bodies and brains to develop, so you have to make sure they get at least 1,800 to 2,200 calories a day, depending on their gender and how active they are, irrespective of gender. Many people lose excess weight as they grow taller between the ages of 10 and 15. If they don’t, and instead continue to pack on the kilos, target to have them lose between 1 kg and 2 kg a month. Anything more could lead to sub-optimal growth and development.Even low-fat ‘baked not fried’ snacks contain unhealthy fats and are low in fat, salt and sugar only relatively to the original calorie-dense products. Low-fat chips, for example, have fewer calories than regular chips but it is still a lot of calories. One serving of chips (10 pieces) has about 150 calories, ‘light’ and ‘reduced’ chips have 75 to 100. You would need to walk 2 km to burn 75 calories!