Kids are taking high blood pressure and cholesterol medication.
What’s THAT About?
The World Health Organization offers these statistics: Globally, there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, at least 300 million of them obese. The key causes are increased consumption of energy-dense foods high in saturated fats and sugars, and reduced physical activity.
Further commentary states: Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for serious diet-related chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer. The health consequences range from increased risk of premature death, to serious chronic conditions that reduce the overall quality of life. Of special and alarming concern is the increasing incidence of child obesity.
Childhood obesity is epidemic in some areas and on the rise in others. An estimated 22 million children under five are estimated to be overweight worldwide. According to the US Surgeon General, the number of overweight children has doubled and the number of overweight adolescents has tripled in the US since 1980
Are you as stunned by this statistic as I?
What can we do ??
I made changes, I didn’t do them all at once, but each layer as it unfolded created a better attitude and better eating habits. You can too!
Losing weight is very overwhelming. Mainstream eating has an addiction element that I feel adds to the problem, our very busy lives don’t help the situation.
If I can help you or anyone you know. Please let me know
Testimony: a year ago a teen I know hung with the wrong crowd, they ate lots of really awful food. Volumes of empty calories. That teen gained quite a bit of weight. This fall the teen, stopped eating the junk, added swimming, started biking to school, added veggies at lunch. Lost 20 pounds.
What are you willing to do to lose the weight?
We all know the right things to do. Which of those things are you willing to do?
Ask your kids these same questions.
Kids don’t want to be fat. They certainly don’t need the long term consequences.