Killing our Kids: Childhood Obesity

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We're killing our kids. how to stop child obesityChild obesity was not an issue when I grew up in the 1980’s, and in my neighborhood there was never lack of activity.  My friends and I had gymnastic competitions in our backyards, and the boys were always taking off on their bikes and our parents had a hard time trying to get us inside to feed us and throw us in the tub.  Those were the best times of our lives!  My kids grew up in the later 1990’s and I must say that they played hard.  It was later in their teens that they were really introduced to video games, cell phones, and all the other electronic gadgets that consume their time.  Today, our kids are in trouble.  More than one third of our kids and teens are considered either over-weight, or obese.

When I really take time to think about why so many of our youth are gaining weight at an alarming rate, it really doesn’t surprise me.  These days, when you drive through American neighborhoods, you don’t see many kids outside playing.  I realized how bad this really must be when it brought a smile to my face when I saw a couple kids playing outside.  The majority of kids are inside on the Xbox, or PlayStation, or they are on the computer on social networks, instead of actually socializing.

An eye opener for me has been grocery shopping.  Pay attention to what families are buying at the store.  Most people that are over-weight are buying the wrong things for themselves and their families.  It appears that sugary cereal, toaster pastries, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, and soda are the staples in most carts.  It is impossible not to gain weight, and feel good if you are eating a diet that consists of sugar and simple carbohydrates.  Parents of over-weight children need to be more conscious of the food that they are offering to their children.

The cost of handing our children over to obesity is devastating.  We are setting them up to become diabetic, have cardiovascular disease, cancer, and above all, a poor quality of life.  Change has to start with parents.  We need to become positive role models, and live a life of health and proper nutrition.  Become active as a family and focus on health not weight loss.  We all want our kids to have a long, happy and healthy life.  A small investment will net out big results!

~Lori A. Town, Viatarian Lead Contributor


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I am a 42 year old wife and mother of three. I have made it my mission to learn as much as I can about health and fitness, because 11 years ago, at the age of 31, I had a heart attack. I was not overweight, but I smoked and I definitely had an awful diet. I want to live a long, healthy life and I hope to help as many people as I can along the way! Lori Appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show twice, and now has made it her mission to help women combat heart disease.
  • Jnofty3

    I agree wholeheartedly! I agree that it starts AND stays within the parents responsibility and needs to be a commitment on their part. What I mean is the parents need to also be active as children learn best by example and doing. Childhood obesity is very important topic..great article!

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