Over the years, childhood obesity in the US has grown considerably. Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but the hardest to treat. Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for 300,000 deaths each year. And the fact is, overweight children are that much more likely to become overweight adults unless they learn and maintain healthier eating patterns and exercise. The causes of obesity are complex, and include biological, genetic, behavioral and cultural factors. Statistics show that one parent who is obese – their child has a 50 percent chance of being obese. However, when both parents are obese, their children have an 80 percent chance of being obese.
The fact is more and more children are spending less time exercising and more time in front of the television, computer, or video game console. And today’s families have fewer and fewer free moments to prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals. From fast food to electronics, what ever is quickest and easiest becomes the reality for people in this day and age. Preventing kids from becoming overweight means adapting the way your family eats and exercises, and how you spend time together. Helping kids lead a healthy lifestyle starts with the parents who lead as examples.
As parents, how can we provide our children with healthy eating habits?
How can we motivate our children to spend less time in front of a screen, and more time exercising?
Join us this Wednesday at 8pm CDT to discuss this topic.
This will be an On-Air Hangout.