Interactive Obesity article is one of hundreds of online health articles available 24/7 from the WPS Health Center
August 31, 2012
WPS Health Insurance, Wisconsin's leading not-for-profit health insurer and provider of affordable group and individual health insurance, recognizes September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, which is organized by the American College of Sports Medicine. Obese children can suffer from Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke, according to the Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM) website. There are more than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S. who are obese or overweight, the site states.
WPS Health Insurance supports healthy lifestyles and offers informational resources through the WPS Health Center, an online collection of health-related information. The health center article, "Obesity," offers valuable information about obesity related health risks and weight management strategies. The WPS health center also offers the interactive tool, "What's your child's BMI?" to help determine obesity risk in children ages 2-19.
"One of the best ways to fight obesity is to change your lifestyle," said WPS Senior Medical Director Dr. Marvin Wiener. "Dieting can be challenging. Rather than focus only on food, it's better to look at the big picture. To lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you consume. If you choose healthier foods and increase physical activity, you'll have a good start toward better health," he said. "If you have an overweight child, work with the child's doctor to develop a personalized weight loss plan," he concluded.
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Founded in 1946, WPS is Wisconsin's leading not-for-profit health insurer, offering affordable individual health insurance, family health insurance, high-deductible health insurance, and short-term health plans, as well as flexible and affordable group plans and cost-effective benefit plan administration for businesses. The WPS Medicare division administers Part A and B benefits for millions of seniors in multiple states, and the WPS TRICARE division serves millions more members of the U.S. military and their families. In 2012, the international Ethisphere® Institute named WPS one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the third straight year. WPS is the only health insurance company to earn this distinction multiple times. For more information about WPS Health Insurance, visit www.wpsic.com.