Childhood Obesity A National Priority

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Childhood Obesity A National Priority Driving has become the most prevalent part of our activity. The most common daily routine is to wake up and get ready for work and school. We get dressed, eat breakfast, pack school lunches, and then we’re out the door. The kids pile into the car and we drive off to their required destination. After school, we pick them up and drive them to afterschool program, and eventually we drive them back home again. There is a common denominator here. That denominator is driving. Generally our children do not walk or exercise as much as they should. According to the Centre for Disease Control, “Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years (CDC, 2015).” We are seeing overweight children more frequently. Childhood obesity is at an all time high. According to Bill Dodd, Napa county chairman (2010), obesity has tripled in adolescents and children ranging in ages 6-19. When a child is obese, they are at a greater risk for developing childhood type 2 diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and orthopedic problems. Dodd states obese children are more apt to becoming obese in adulthood. This then puts them at a greater risk for cancers, having a stroke, diabetes, and many other disabilities. If children do not become more active, eat healthier, and maintain a healthier childhood, their life as an adult will be compromised with challenges and hardships. Children in Our Community What does the word obese really mean? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2015), obesity and overweight is defined as ranges of weight greater than what we consider healthy for a desired height. These identified ranges increase your likelihood of certain ill... ... middle of paper ... to Smith & Robinson, to incorporate exercise into the daily routine, regardless of what that may be. A simple walk, a bike ride, or a simple game of kicking a soccer ball around the yard with friends and family members exercises the whole body. Anything that makes you get up and move is better than sitting. In order to be healthy we all need to “act healthy”. In Conclusion Lifestyle changes start in the home. Parents need to take more responsibility for giving our future generations a better foundation. This will allow children to be healthier, happier, and more successful as they continue to grow. It is our responsibility as a community to help our future generations be the best they can inside and out. We should all walk a more, and eat nutritious meals as a family. This will be a start for each and every one of us to help decrease obesity in our population.
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