Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Childhood Obesity- This is scary!

I read something the other day that bummed me out.  It was an article about childhood obesity.  I was super concerned and my heart hurt as I read the statistics about this growing problem and all of the health risks that go along with being overweight, obese and morbidly obese.

I just kept saying to myself, "WHY?  Why is this even happening?"  Now, before someone blast me that there are reasons other than just eating to much that some kiddos AND adults are overweight, obese and morbidly obese... I agree.  BUT that being said, I believe that those are WAY fewer than these statics and the majority of these people CAN do something about it!

Stats from the 

MORE than 1/3 of children and adolescents were overweight or obese!?!!! That is in 2012... I am sure that those stats have risen in two years.

This has serious health side effects now, and into child hood: 
Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.
Immediate health effects:
  • 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.
  • Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.
  • 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.
Long-term health effects:
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.6  One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.
  • Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
What can be done?

Well we all know that to live healthier lives we need to eat better and get exercise.  In today's world that seems to be impossible for some people.  We all have become so busy that we don't leave time to prepare nutritious meals.  Buying prepacked processed, calorie dense foods is the "easy button" for many families.  I have to believe that OUR health is an important enough factor to take some of the weekly activities off of our list to give more time for preparing healthy meals.

I have heard parents say that their kids *wont* eat healthy nutritious foods. I am not really sure how to overcome this hurdle, but we have to try!  Maybe don't buy as much processed packaged, easy accessed foods to snack on.  If you don't have it in the house, kids wont eat it.  Replace them with carrot sticks, apple slices, fruit and other healthy options for snacks.  If it is in a single serve package, it is probably processed and contains way more calories than a kid needs among other things.  

Get kids moving again!
Put up the video games.  This does nothing positive for your kids.  Limit the time they have in front of tv's, computers, cell phones etc. and see about getting them outside more than they spend time doing sedentary activities! 

You cant possibly expect your kids to do any of this if you are not doing them yourselves!  As the parent you should be setting the example.  If you are overweight, obese or morbidly obese- it is time to get fit and healthy!  Do it as a family!  Have your kids help prepare the healthy and more nutritious meals for dinner. Make it a family affair. DO NOT SERVE FAST FOOD! Yikes! Yep, its cheap and quick.... but your kids are not, and really deserve better.   

It is NOT more expensive to eat better.  You have to shop better, and you have to plan, but you can eat a healthy, nutritious diet inexpensively.  Here is how I broke down my weeks shopping to show you how affordable it is!  Find out how you can eat inexpensively

I know it is not easy to just up and change everything, but you have to start... start small with little changes, like stop buying processed food and do not drink soda or fruit juices... to starting up a family activity plan.  You will grow as a family, and bonds will be strengthened as you do this. The time to make the change is NOW... TODAY.  Don't wait.  Tomorrow may be too late! 


  1. everybody's got excuses why NOT to try & why it's easier to just turn a blind eye but seriously... if it was your child or loved one trapped in the top of a burning building you know full well that you would do EVERYTHING humanly possible to save them... this is the same exact thing!!!