I’ve got to be honest with you all here, but some of you aren’t going to like this post! However, these are things that you NEED to hear. We all know that there is a growing obesity problem in the United States, but what we might not know is how many kids are falling into the same categories as adults. New studies are showing that 2/5 of children are now overweight or obese and in my opinion, this is completely unacceptable. I’ve even heard doctors say that the new generation will die before their parents do because of their unhealthy habits! If we don’t handle this situation now, it’s just a matter of time before it gets out of control. Obesity in children needs to end!
First of all, let’s talk about why the obesity rates are rising in children and how you can change that. Here comes some “tough love!”
(1) The parents. If a child is obese, the parents are to blame. Why? Children copy what their parents do, and if you’re eating unhealthy and not exercising, guess what your children are doing? Children can’t go out and purchase their own food, so if you’re ordering pizza every night or snacking on potato chips, you are destroying your childs’ health not only now, but in the future as well. Because of you, chances are your children are going to live shorter lives. I don’t know about you, but to consciously know that I’m shortening my childs’ life would absolutely crush me, and I would immediate make a call to action to fix the problem.
What can you do? If you have an obese child, you need to look yourself in the mirror. Start working on yourself! Start making healthier decisions by eating better and exercising more. If you make the decision to live a healthier lifestyle, you’re teaching your kids to do the same.
(2) Inactivity. When I was young, my parents forced me to go outside and play tag, hide-and-seek, football, baseball, etc. instead of sitting indoors and playing video games. Anymore, kids are glued to the TV and video games, and parents won’t do anything about it because it keeps them occupied. Seriously? With kids eating pizza and playing video games all day, no wonder they are becoming obese!
What can you do? Limit the amount of time that your children can watch TV and play video games each day and send them outside to run around! Remember, exercise and diet are keys to a healthy lifestyle!
When it all comes down to it, the parents are the ones who are in control of whether or not their children are overweight or obese. YOU need to understand that it’s your fault, not the childs, and what you’re doing to them is destroying their lives. If you’re a parent with obese children, then it’s time for you to step up to the plate and live a healthier lifestyle! Again, childhood obesity needs to end!