by Goto FreeabcschoolThe common state of obesity in preschool children has risen significantly. Approximately twenty five percent of preschoolers in the United States have been diagnosed as overweight. With the dramatic rise of obesity in preschool aged children there is ample concern about the health issues that can ensue with this lofty increase and what can be done to remedy this major health concern. Being overweight for a preschool child means they are at an increased risk for different types of issues, not only medical but mental. Some of the potential problems may include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleeping disorders and premature death. For the parents, having an overweight preschool child may include such economic hardships as the rising hospital costs brought on by the caring for an overweight preschool child and the therapeutic treatment of the mental concerns imposed by the young preschool child having to deal with being heavy. Being an overweight preschool child also usually means that there is a greater chance of being obese later on in life. An overweight preschool child can suffer from dramatic emotional problems. Overweight preschool children are aware of their surroundings and how they are treated by others. A preschool age child is affected mentally and their mental health at this age, or at any age, is very important. The Center for Disease control, CDC.GOV, covers this topic. Overweight preschool children usually have to acknowledge that others may treat them harshly. A preschool child that is overweight may experience various assumptions including such extremes as they are unwilling to do any work and / or they are unsanitary even though this is known not to be true. Also, because they are larger than other children their age, some individuals may assume they can handle physical labor more readily than other children the same age due to their abnormal size; While the truth about the additional weight for a preschool student is that it would be more difficult for the student to perform simple tasks that their classmates of a healthy weight could accomplish easily. A heavy preschool child, under these circumstances, will inevitably develop a negative self-image. There are a tremendous amount of possible causes for developing emotional scaring from being overweight. Preschool age children can lose weight and become more healthy, but it is not an easy task. Weight loss programs are not very successful without including a walking regime and a nutritionally well-balance meal plan. Prevention of further weight gain is important too. Contact a physician prior to making any drastic changes to a preschool child's diet and exercise program because there may be some very serious underlying health issues that are undiagnosed. Make an appointment with the preschool child's physician and see what would be a healthy and reasonable regime for the preschool child. A healthy and active preschool regimen does not need to be daunting but can be fun with incorporated learning. For fun and exciting activities, the possibilities are endless and they should instill a love of creating while reinforcing the educational / developmental goals of the preschool aged student. Never forget that FUN is always a wonderful foundation to build upon! For additional articles, activities, worksheets and so much more visit www.freeabcschool.com Your preschool curriculum resource ..... Everything is Free or Almost Free!