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Childhood Obesity Solution

Updated on May 8, 2015

Startling Facts About Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity may be the most urgent health problem in America today. Nearly one third of the children in America are overweight or obese or at risk of becoming overweight or obese and the numbers keep rising Overweight people are at greater risk for diabetes and heart disease and the current generation is the first generation ever that is not expected to exceed it's parents life span.

These startling facts should rouse Americans to action, but the count keeps rising. Why? It could be that good healthy food is out of the reach of a large portion of Americans who earn too much to qualify for assistance, but whose food budget only allows for inexpensive, high calorie, low nutrition foods. But a bigger problem is the lack of knowledge of just what foods are healthy, and how to prepare them, and the lack of exercise. We spend far too many hours watching TV and playing video games and too few hours getting out and just moving!

What is Childhood Obesity

. . .and why is it of such great concern

What is childhood obesity and why is it of such concern?

"Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start kids on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

One of the best strategies to combat excess weight in your child is to improve the diet and exercise levels of your entire family. This helps protect the health of your child now and in the future." Quote from Mayo Clinic staff.

Childhood obesity is also troubling because these obese children usually have very low self-esteem which can lead to even more physical as well as emotional problems

Consequences of Childhood Obesity

* Childhood obesity causes an elevated cholesterol count which can lead to stroke and/or heart disease

* Childhood obesity can cause liver disease due to insulin resistance.

* Childhood obesity can lead to diabetes

* Childhood obesity can lower life expectancy

Although this book addresses controlling type 2 diabetes, it is an excellent resource for understanding what foods to eat at certain times in order to maintain maximum energy when needed (for instance before a big athletic event) and what foods to eat when you know you'll be relatively inactive.

A diet designed to maintain blood sugar levels is beneficial to all people whether or not they have diabetes, and in many cases, this type of diet aids in weight loss and over-all good health.

Set New Priorities

"But I don't have time to exercise, my child doesn't have time to exercise, my child is a picky eater, I don't have time to cook from scratch and offer good healthy meals", are excuses often given for not changing lifestyles.

The truth is, habits are hard to break. Children do what they see others do. If you drink half dozen sodas a day, chances are your child does too. If you skip breakfast, so does your child.

Bottom line. . .change your priorities! The average American adult watches 19 hours of TV every week. Most children play video games. Give up some of those TV and video game hours to just get outside and move. Toss a ball around in the back yard, go for a brisk walk as a family, find things to do that get you moving and get your cardio and pulmonary rates up. You don't have to join a gym to get exercise.-

Taste is acquired and you may have better luck convincing your child to give up unhealthy snacks and eat a wider variety of foods if you gradually introduce new foods and insist that they at least taste them. If your family drinks a large quantity of sodas, insist that they (and you) gradually reduce the number of sodas and substitute them for healthy drinks. NOTE: Energy drinks are NOT healthy. One can typically contains as much caffeine as 14 cans of soda or seven cups of coffee, not to mention all the other "junk" in them.

Don't skip breakfast. A healthy breakfast not only revs your metabolism, but recent studies show another reason it can help you lose weight. You're less likely to have those cravings for that Crispy Cream Doughnut or other sugary snack mid morning if you eat a healthy breakfast.

What Are You Waiting For?

Now's the time to solve that problem of childhood obesity and start your whole family on the road to a healthier, happier lifestyle! Remember, you don't have to go to a gym to get exercise. Get out there and participate in life! Good nutrition and exercise is key to a healthy, well balanced live.

© 2015 Jennie Hennesay

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Childhood obesity may be the most urgent health problem in America today, it is also bad in New Zealand, great lens.