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Obesity in Children

childhood obesityI’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!

Beachbody even has a workout program for children called “Tony and the Kids.” Click here to learn more.

5 comments

  1. I completely agree Josh! We’ve got to do something…I feel a HUGE change a comin’! Thanks for all the inspiring and helpful words…great blog!

  2. Mistie Calhoun /

    This article is a huge wake up call, not only for me but I’m sure for everyone that reads it. It is sad to see the obesity that children today are facing. Thank you for this blog and getting it into the hands of others. Time to take responsibility people!

  3. Aaron Dooley /

    You are 100% right! I have a 8 yr. old step-daughter that is always wanting to eat. She is constantly saying “I’m hungry!”. Alot of people when their kids say this would go in the kitchen and make them something to eat, and when they do it is usually something unhealthy. Parents need to teach their kids that most of the time when you think you are hungry it is actually your body craving water. I only let my step-daughter eat 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and one SMALL healthy snack (vegetables, fruit, Etc…) in between. The rest of the time she drinks WATER (not soda, koolaid, tea, etc…)! There is a reason they have Health Class in schools people! Teach your kids before the schools do, because by the time the schools teach them they have already formed those bad habits and bad habits are hard to break.

  4. @Aaron. Good for you man! I have total respect for people who teach their children how to eat healthy at a young age.

  5. Matt W /

    Too true Josh,

    Gotta say that with 3 kids of my own, I’ve never had any of them moan about wanting biscuits, chips or popcorn while tearing around outside. While they all enjoy watching tv, they all jump at the chance to go play so the message here is obvious – they all really just want to get out and going with their folks!!

    On another note, I got into P90X through seeing your transformation clip on Youtube.. was an inspiration and thanks to Tony has started to give me even more energy to tear around with the kids. Cant ask for a better life than being healthy with 3 happy children.

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