Why there are so many obese children

Why are there so many obese children now days ?

Lack of a good diet

Drinking too much soda

No walking to and from school

Watching far too much TV

Playing Computer games rather than playing outside

Eating too much fast food rather than healthy food

these are a few of the reasons why children are becoming more obese than children years ago so we need to be encouraging children to spend more time being active .



Bike riding

Playing frisbee or ball

Swimming and other activities/

We would climb trees !  Photographer: Bill Longshaw
We would climb trees ! Photographer: Bill Longshaw

On a typical school day morning in Christchurch New Zealand we used to always bike or walk to school, the streets would start of empty then one lone child would walk out of the gate followed by 2 from next door then it would end up looking like a bright caterpillar on a rainy day with all the different coloured anoraks walking down the street together, talking laughing making their way to school safely together

At school we would have PE /Physical Education where we did star Jumps , pretended to be washing machines ( LOL! ) Swimming- Running - Jumping, long jump . high jump you name it we did it !

! Now days kids are driven even just 2 blocks to school. Can you believe it -- the school is in the same street and STILL gets driven there .

We would play outside together after school making up games , Cops and robbers

Riding our bikes to get 10 cents of lollies !

Now a lot children watch TV , play on the computers , don't like being out side at all , no imagination !

We would play games like hopscotch - skipping- chasing- catch & ball games at school and after school.

This is a skipping game we played if there was 3 of us !


Sent in by Jay

1 person in the middle of the rope. 

Cinderella dressed in yella,
How many kisses can she get?
1 - 2 - 3 - ... and so on

Group skipping game

 This is one of the skipping games we used to play with a crowd !

All in Together (North East England version)

Sent in by Jeannette McPartland

All in together, boys and girls (everyone runs into the rope and starts skipping)
Never mind the weather, boys and girls

When I count twenty, the rope must be empty
Five, ten, fifteen, twenty (everyone runs out of the rope)

When I count ten, the rope must be full again
Five, ten (everyone runs back in)

When I count two, you must touch your shoe
One, two

When I count four, you must touch the floor
Two, four

When I count six, you must do the splits
Two, four, six (jump in the air with legs apart

Another favorite !


Teddy Bear

Sent in by Deeppaws

2 People twirl the rope with as many people in the middle as you wish, but you may want to only have 3 at a time in the middle to start off with. As you jump repeat the rhyme and do appropriate actions suggested in the rhyme.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, tie your shoe
Teddy bear, teddy bear, switch a roo
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn off the light
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say good night

For more fun or difficulty add a new person each time the rhyme starts again. Try doing it without stopping the skipping rope and rythm!

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gwennie62 6 years ago from Washington State

This is true, we have given to much to the children and next generation. They are lazy and not made to use their physical abilities as well as their minds. It is sad we are killing them and instead of going on in time where we live longer we are helping them to die faster. Good article.

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