Conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis used to be considered exclusively adult diseases, but with over one-third of children between the ages of six and 11 qualifying as overweight or obese, healthcare providers are becoming increasingly concerned with the incidence of heart disease in children. We here at the Good Samaritan Hospital have compiled this guide to help concerned parents oversee their child’s cardiovascular health:
Reports from the CDC indicate that childhood obesity figures have tripled over the past 30 years due, in part, to a sedentary lifestyle facilitated by computers, video games, television, and similar media. Even if a child is not particularly interested in competitive sports, it is important to find recreational activities that will allow him or her to stay active for at least a few hours every week. Guidelines established by the U.S. Health & Human Services Department recommend at least one hour of moderate to vigorous daily exercise for children from ages six to 17. Be aware that your child’s individual level of recommended physical activity can vary based on preexisting medical conditions, medications, and other factors.
Between fast foods, preservatives, and your child’s natural preferences, developing a nutritional diet is often easier said than done. However, diets that are high in trans and saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium increase one’s risk for heart disease over time. Therefore, it is important that you work with your child to incorporate a diverse array of grains, fruits, and vegetables in their daily diet.
Our team of professionals here at the Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose is committed to providing you with access to the medical resources and services necessary to protect your family’s health. Read what some of our patients had to say about us and call (888) 724-2362 for more information about our facilities.