This is a picture of me and Keith as kids! (sorry for the quality) Keith in his football uniform and me competing in one of my first track meets! This is one of my favorite pictures in our house! But it also speaks volumes to the types of lifestyles we led as children and have now carried into adulthood. We were both such active kids. We were both involved in sports and camps and we were never idle! Granted we didn’t have cell phones, twitter, computers, or Nintendo Wii back then either! But we did have television, Gameboy, and Nintendo! But we were much more interested in being outdoors! Kudos to our parents for making sure we were active and healthy! So here are some scary statistics about todays youth:
- 60% of children in America are obese children.
- The obesity statistics of 2002 said that 22% of US preschoolers were overweight. Can imagine how big the problem is now??
- Studies also reveal the fact that 40% of obese children and 70% of obese adolescents become obese adults. Indeed, by the time an obese child turns six years old, his/her chance of becoming an obese adult is over 50%.
And here was the statistic I found to be the MOST interesting:
- Research studies show that most of the lifelong eating and physical activity habits are established in children by the age of 12!
SO….this means that by the age of 12…your patterns of eating and exercise start to become established…and we all know that habits and patterns are HARD TO BREAK!!! This scares me! Truly! I don’t know the answers here and I am not about to pretend to! I know all the arguments:
- It is the parent’s fault
- It is the school’s fault
- It is the food company’s fault
- It is the industry’s fault
- It is too expensive to eat healthy
- And the list goes on and on and on and on and on…
LET’S STOP PLAYING THE BLAME GAME AND INSTEAD WORK ON THE SOLUTION! I bet collectively we could name tons of ways to make childhood obesity less of a problem! It is going to take us all working together as a nation to beat this. This is a SERIOUS problem and thankfully I feel like America is starting (albeit slowly) to treat it that way!
List one thing that you think could help decrease childhood obesity rates?
I’ll start: Have mandatory gym class in school for at least 45 minutes every single day!!
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