PARENTS - THIS YOUR WAKE-UP CALL
You, I know, want all the best for your children, mentally, socially and, in addition, a healthy
your child is overweight or obese he/she is going to be facing more challenges in these aspects of life, than those of normal
DID YOU KNOW?
Only 2 percent of our kids are eating healthy diets based
on USDA recommendations. A survey of High School seniors showed only 3 of 10 report eating vegetables nearly everyday, and
a quarter of those were french fries or chips.
With current trends continuing, the effects of childhood obesity may reduce averagle life
span by 5 years or more over the next several decades.
Childhood obesity is skyrocketing with the lack of physical activity. One in
four children doesn't participate in any free-time physical exercise, while USDHHS recommends 60 minutes every day.
TV viewing corrolates with
this, along with video play and computer use. A couple of studies that tracked kids from birth, over many years, found that
TV viewing habits, established as a child, predict the risk of obesity well into adulthood.
Kids used to snack once a day, thirty years ago. Today the trend is toward three a day. These add an average
of 300 calories per day.
There is evidence that overweight children
miss more school than those at a healthy weight. Beside illness, factors that affect the overweight may be teasing, bullying
and fear of participating in sports.
The risk factor for heart disease
is 70 percent higher for obese kids, via high cholesterol or high blood pressure .
52 percent of the newly diagnosed cases of childhood and adolescent asthma are associated with overweight
Health care cost to the families of obese children
are about $14 billion per year.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
If you are concerned about your child's fitness and health, there's no better time than now to get guidance and
intervene to turn a bad trend around. As a Youth Exercise Specialist of National Academy of Sports Medicine, an effective
and fun program can be created.