As I am sure you are already aware, our First Lady, Michele Obama, has been called upon to lead an initiative to stop childhood obesity. There is no question that is a something that must be done, because childhood obesity statistics continue to grow.
The goal to stop childhood obesity is to reach out to children and prevent this epidemic before a child begins to become overweight early in life and the obesity health risks then follows that child into their adult years.
The medical definition of obesity is very complex but here I am talking about studies that have shown significant numbers of young people to be 40%, 50% and even as much as 100% heavier than what they should be. This extra weight puts such stress on all parts of the body; joints, skeleton, heart, lungs, everything is effected. Study after study concludes obesity is often the key underlying factor to a host of health problems adults face-heart, diabetes, infection, headaches, inflammation-and of course psychological challenges too!
Childhood Obesity Statistics
The childhood obesity statistics are staggering. It is reported the about 1/3 of children and adolescents are obese or overweight, and almost 20% of children ages 6 to 11 and 18% of those ages 12 to 19 are obese. These statistics were presented in a January 2010 article published by USA Today who also quoted Donna Ryan, president of the Obesity Society, which conducts research on issues related to obesity. She said “If you can get kids into healthier eating habits when they are younger, their weight may self-correct.” But once they become obese adults, it’s difficult to reverse.”
This is good advice and to stop childhood obesity we must break the “fast food obesity” chain and convince our kids to eat healthier foods.
Fruit and Vegetables Will Help
In our home, we found that smoothies made with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetable to be a large part of the answer. Pretty early on we taught our kids to how to run a blender (make sure the top is on!) and encouraged them to make their own fruit smoothie recipes and it was fun to see their “inventions.” We made it a point to always have lots of fresh and frozen fruit on hand and would let our kids make whatever they liked. Some of their juicing recipes were a bit off, but we all tried it! And now, we can see that we have establish “life” habits in our kids that they follow today.
You can make a difference, just by encouraging the same habits in your families. Find a recipe on the site, tweet, e-mail or pass it along to one of your friends. It is such an easy way for you to break the “fast food obesity” chain so our children can avoid long term health problems-and instead, enjoy healthy active lives.
We can stop childhood obesity and pass along a healthier, more productive life to our children.