Protect The Children From Obesity In America

We used to go to our friends house to talk to them and now they have cell phones and internet to communicate with. Meaning they don’t have to move or walk anymore. They also have video games to play instead of the games themselves meaning no exercise. I read not to long ago that by 2012 80{abffe3e1318a9624791ae4064333f2f75374704dc13d09152fd440b16c9e1c0c} of America is going to be over weight or obese. I also read the Health in NY State says that 10{abffe3e1318a9624791ae4064333f2f75374704dc13d09152fd440b16c9e1c0c} of 4 to 5 year olds are overweight. As they age, one in 5 boys ( ages 6 – 11 ) are overweight. This is a frightening fact because it has shown that being overweight leads to high blood pressure, diabetes, and even possibility of some cancers. The bad part is when children gain weight their fat cells stay there. When they loose weight they only shrink. When children start eating more again those cells remain hungry and start growing large again. That is why it is so important to start them out from the beginning.

There are things we can do to teach our children to be aware of their eating habits. Lets face it children do not do the shopping for our homes, we do. So we can start by buying the right groceries. Get rid of the bad foods and start showing them that this is how you need to eat to have a healthy life. Just think how this will help you as well. If we start our children at a young age to eat fruits, vegetables, and healthy snacks you would be surprised at how they really do like them. There are other foods that are healthy as well. Such as yogurt, sugar free pudding, juice pops, or even whole grain cereal with skim milk. A lot of times it is us parents who don’t eat enough of these and then our children follow. I know what your thinking, children love the fast food. We then need to work on getting rid of the fatty sauces that go on the burgers or order smaller meals.

This is the most important part, teach them to be active again! Children need at least an hour of play to burn all that stored up energy. Children need after school activities like any sport they are interested in. It doesn’t even have to be school associated. It can be you playing catch with them or chasing them. Imagine what this extra activity would do for you. All that extra activity would make you feel great. Imagine the free time you would have when they go to sleep early from being tired. The point is parents have to be involved or the children will never learn how to take care of themselves when they need to. If you’re a parent who goes to the health club, see if you can find a way to involve your children. Try to set up a workout plan for them and monitor their results. It does not have to be great results but it teaches them the rewards of exercising and the knowledge to do so. Children follow what their parents do if you smoke and drink chances are they will too. We have to teach them when they are young so they do not end up like a bad statistic for overweight and sick children. We love them to much for that!