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  • Myths and Facts about Childhood Obesity

    We debunk myths about childhood obesity and set the record straight on what it is and what causes it.
  • Myth #3: Overeating is the main cause of obesity

    Fact: Overeating may be a contributing factor, but not necessarily the main cause of obesity. Contrary to popular belief, the primary cause of obesity is physical inactivity, not overeating. According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity increases the risk of obesity.

    Myth #4: Making healthy food choices means spending a lot

    Fact: Lettuce, salmon, almonds, and other healthy food choices from abroad may be pricey, but consider buying local produce and you’ll get more savings. Prices of fruits and vegetables depend on geography, season, and inflation, so produce can be too expensive for daily consumption. Get fresh local produce in season or goods such as beans, legumes, fish, and green leafy vegetables.

    Myth #5: Consuming milk can make one obese

    Fact: The consumption of milk does not lead to obesity. In fact, no single food causes weight gain. However, if your children consume more calories than they burn through physical activities, it is likely that they will gain more weight.

    Milk products have different levels of fat content (%MF) to suit your child’s recommend dietary requirements. If you are concerned about your child’s weight, consider milk brands that have less fat and less calories, but still nutrition-packed for your growing child.

    Learn more to know more. Talk to your pediatrician if you have questions related to obesity. Your love makes a big difference in your child's overall wellness.

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