I really got up on the wrong side of bed this morning. I was still mad about yesterdays report that childhood obesity for males 6-18 was still on the rise. Mad because we keep talking about it but do nothing. The causes of childhood obesity are clear to me. We cut after school sports programs so our kids play video games instead of soccer, neither parents nor the schools teach kids proper nutrition, and what physical education programs we do have are lousy. We drive our kids to school every day because we are afraid that they might get kidnapped when what we should be worried about is that they are 3587 times more likely to die from heart disease than they are to be kidnapped! Let kids walk and ride bikes to school!
Investing a small amount of money in our kids would have HUGE dividends in a few decades. PLEASE, lets provide a way for our kids to PLAY sports rather than watch them. Lets teach them proper nutrition, if the parents cant do it then the schools will need to and this costs money but its an investment with huge dividends. And lets take advantage of the physical education classes we do have to teach kids the joy of fitness and sports!
Childhood obesity CAN be beat but it will take the co-operation of parents, schools, cities and taxpayers. Lets give our kids a chance to be healthy!