Fat kids in AmericaAccording to the American Heart Association:
Among children ages 2–19, about 1 in 3 are overweight and obese (BMI-for-age at or above
the 85th percentile of the 2000 CDC growth charts.):
- 32.1% of all boys
- 31.3% of all girls
Among children ages 2–19, about 1 in 6 are obese (BMI-for-age at or above the 95th percen-
tile of the CDC growth charts.):
- 17.8% of all boys
- 15.9% of all girls
|Do something to change the stereotypes and statistics. Prove everyone wrong.|
(NH means non-hispanic)
More often than not, the parents that I see with the chubby children are morbidly obese. It's easy to connect the dots... fat parents who eat like crap and rarely do anything active = fat kids who eat like crap and rarely do anything active.
|The little girl is overweight. What are the parents setting her up for? |
Diabetes? Death by heart attack at age 40? Self-esteem issues? Yep.
Food and dietDiet. To many, it's a 4-letter word. To others, it's a lifestyle. To me, it's lots of little decisions that make up a big picture. For instance, it's a small but good decision to pick a carton of organic tomato soup that's going to go bad in the next week, as opposed to a can that's good for years. Tomatoes shouldn't stay good for years... If it can stay in the can without changing, what's it doing to your child's body?
RestaurantsNot only that, but the "foods" that are presented to children as "kids food" at restaurants are invariably fried, carbs, cheese, and fried cheese with a side of carbs. It's surprising to people when they see my toddler reaching for the broccoli instead of the potatoes... but that shouldn't be the case.
If introduced at an early age with a positive attitude and parents who lead by example, kids will eat the same foods as the parents. No need to "dumb down" their dietary choices. If your child is already at the "I don't like vegetables" age and you are afraid they're too old to change, think again. It might take a few days (or weeks!) but once you assert your authority as the parent, lead by example, and start using the word "No" a bit more liberally, your kids will get the picture and jump on the health wagon!
Sum-up of my rant:
-Say 'no' and stay strong when your child asks for food he/she shouldn't have
-Choose healthy alternatives to your normal foods
-It's more expensive, yes, but if you don't take care of your body, nothing else really matters.
-Get out and find inventive ways to be active
-Include your kids in shopping decisions to get them excited about being healthy
|I know it's a cheesy picture, but wouldn't it feel good to look at your family and see yourselves in similar situations?|
One-third of American kids being overweight or obese is WAY TOO MANY!! Keep your kids healthy and change this country.