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Consequences of Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a major challenge in our country. The Centers for Disease Control reports that around 12.7 million children between the ages of 2 and 19 were affected by obesity over the past decade.

The issue has grown over the past few decades, leading to some serious health problems for both children and adults. 

Image of child eating a hamburger. Childhood obesity can lead to several health risks for kids. Learn more about the health risks associated with childhood obesity here.

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in our country Rates for the issue have more than doubled since 1980, and one in three children are now either overweight or obese.

Fortunately, childhood obesity can be prevented and you can help raise awareness about how to make a difference for today’s youth. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, so we’ve compiled some ways that you can help spread the word and encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle.

Image of boy with head in hands. Learn more about childhood obesity with these tips from Westshore.

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How Technology Can Affect Your Children’s Sleep

Sleep is good. Not only does it keep you refreshed, it can also help you stay healthy.

Not sleeping enough can lead to a lack in judgment, a poor mood, and even various health issues like obesity and diabetes. High quality, uninterrupted sleep is especially important for children as they continue to develop, but technology can make it harder for kids to get a proper good night’s rest.

Contact Westshore today if you think your children’s sleep cycles have been thrown off by technology.

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Vitamin D Deficiency: The Hidden Epidemic

Image of the sun and a statue of the thinker at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio. The sun is one of two sources of vitamin D. Learn the risks associated with vitamin D deficiency in this blog by Westshore Primary Care.

It is now known that we have a nationwide epidemic among all age groups: Vitamin D deficiency. 

Studies over the last 10 years have conclusively shown that large populations of individuals in the United States do not receive enough Vitamin D

The statistics are sobering: Vitamin D deficiency has associations with:

  • Juvenile Onset Diabetes
  • Immune dysfunction, such as your ability to fight the flu or your response to infections
  • Rickets, a bone softening disease in children
  • Stress fractures in adolescents
  • Heart attacks
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cancers in adults

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