I wasn’t considered ‘obese” until I was in 7th/8th grade. My parents were never concerned about it because it wasn’t that big of an issue. But over the past 30 years childhood obesity has tripled all because we as parents get lazy. I think society plays a part, I have no control over what my son eats at daycare, but I think it’s up to us parents to instill healthy living while they are young.
According to the American Obesity Association (AOA) the Causes of Childhood Obesity are:
- Physical Activity – Lack of regular exercise.
- Sedentary behavior – TV, Computers, Video games
- Socioeconomic Status – Low family incomes and non-working parents.
- Eating Habits – High calorie foods. Some eating patterns that have been associated with this behavior are eating when not hungry, eating while watching TV or doing homework.
- Environment – Some factors are over-exposure to advertising of foods that promote high-calorie foods and lack of recreational facilities.
Set up program to guarantee exercise. You don’t have make it hard, but make it fun. If you exercise everyday then why shouldn’t your children? Make it family bonding time. Here are some suggestions:
- Go for bike rides
- Roller blade
- Jump rope
- Play basketball
Doing something is better than nothing at all. For rainy days if you have a Wii there are plenty of things you can do with them. The Wii Fit is so much fun and great exercise. Also, the EAS Active is a great program. The more active your kids are now the more likely they will stay active and fit as an adult.
I believe I am overweight as an adult because of the food that was given to me and the lack of exercise. My parents did make me get up and move. They didn’t get up and move either. I want to set a good example for my son and show him how to be healthy and stay healthy. We shape our kids for the future and set them up for success.
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