You Are What You Eat
Put down your Coke and start reading. Yes, everyone has the day when cheesecake or cold pizza seems like the best breakfast option. I am no exception, and cheesecake is my favorite, but I also know that if we don’t take good care of ourselves now we will pay for it in the future. So, ask your self, “What are we doing to our kids?”
According the CDC, Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.
In order for our kids to succeed in life, they need to have a good start.
Michelle Obama promotes the "Let's Move!" campaign to target childhood obesity. It is a great idea! However, the reality is that our children simply take in too many calories and then do not burn them off. They sit in front of the TV, play video games and eat junk food. It is important to help our children make the right choices or they will suffer the consequences.
Childhood obesity has many health impacts:
• Overweight and obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
• Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
• Obese youth are more likely than youth of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.
Make a Positive Impact
For children who have diabetes use massage. Researchers at the Touch Research Institute have found children with diabetes who receive massage therapy have improved compliance with insulin and food regulation, improved mean glucose levels, and symptomatic improvement
Let’s start a Food Revolution (kudos Jamie Oliver)!
Choose healthy options for your children
Make eating fun and interesting (fun food & different colors doesn’t hurt)
Let your child help prepare their meals
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