Childhood Obesity And Prevention

by Kathy Sykes on April 8, 2010 · 0 comments

Childhood obesity is not a new phenomenon but has been gaining more attention in the past several years with the initiatives to provide more nutritional and healthy foods for children in the schools.

The CDC states that childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years and is the result of caloric imbalance mediated by genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors. To break this down further, children are not being provided with the most nutritional meals that they need (whether it’s inside or outside of the home) and maintaining bad eating habits without regular exercise is the combination that leads to obesity.

The CDC offers great information on nutrition, physical activity and obesity. Here you can get information on proper nutrition, easy exercise programs, and the implications of obesity on Americans. This site also promotes campaigns and programs such as Kids Walk-To-School and Fruits and Veggies Matter. As a family, you can start your own campaign to improve your family’s eating habits. Find a strategy that works well for you.

To show just how important childhood obesity is in America, the First Lady of the United States has implemented a national initiative called “Let’s Move” to bring awareness to the problem and to provide solutions. This initiative involves schools, neighborhoods and families and creates opportunities for kids to be physically active, both in and out of school and create new opportunities for families to be moving together.

As parents, we must seriously pay attention to what our children are eating in the home, at school, and during dining out in order for us to set them up for the best start in life as possible. Demonstrating responsible eating habits, as a family, will carry on throughout your child’s lifetime.

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