Today, Dr. Victoria Rogers, MD, FAAP, a faculty member from our upcoming LiveEventMD covering Childhood and Adolescent Obesity weighs-in today about how the lifestyle of parents may affect the future health of children.

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Is it possible for a child to establish better eating and exercise habits if the parents have an unhealthy lifestyle and are unwilling to change?

As parents we struggle with the challenges of health eating and active living, there’s never enough time and we have competing priorities. Luckily there are still plenty of opportunities for our kids to adopt healthy habits. When the environments where children learn and play offer healthy choices for celebrations and offer water instead of sugary drinks kids begin making healthier decisions. Children here in Maine are learning to make healthy choices in child care settings, schools and at out of school programs. These changes become the norm, whether at home or during a visit to their grandparents. We’re seeing more and more children bringing these healthy habits into their homes.

At what age does obesity need to be addressed before the chances of the child becoming an obese adult dramatically increase?

A child’s health really begins at the time of conception; a mother’s pre-pregnancy weight plays a critical role in the health of her child. The early stages of development are incredibly important as well, behaviors adopted from birth to age 5 can have a lifelong impact on a child’s quality of life. Breastfeeding, increased movement and zero screen time help establish healthy habits at a young age.

Weigh-in: How do you get your students, patients and children to change unhealthy habits?

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About the Docs:
6637376589d4c63Victoria Rogers, MD, FAAP
The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Maine Medical Center, Portland, MEPediatrician and the Director of Let’s Go! at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. There, she oversees the development, coordination and promotion of childhood obesity prevention and treatment initiatives.  Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine.  Associate Director for the AAP’s Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight and serves on the APP’s Executive Committee for the Section on Obesity.