Summer Eat Wave – Childhood Obesity
Brad Lamm, CIP | No more pencils, no more books, and no more teacher’s dirty looks. Same story, different year…but wait. Something’s changed for the bigger, not better, and it’s up to all you parents to commit to go old school – and by that I mean down and dirty, swim and bike, run and jump and more!
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in youngsters, and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2012, more than a third of all our kids are obese.
As a boy I was worn out by suppertime. I would wear out the hide of my pants on the knees, and backside from all the slipping, sliding, and activity I was up to my neck in, each summer. Summers these days though tend to hold more of the same – TV, video games, and other sedentary activities.
In the great Disney movie WALL-E, us humans are so big we get zipped around like puppets due to bulk and girth. It’s not just up on the screen where the humans need help getting around. Our children are getting heavier at a younger age, enlisting dangerous short term and long term health risks. Time to clock out ourselves and lead the charge to get the kids outside and moving.
I want all you parents to consider DUMB PHONES (old school clam-shell phones) that don’t text, poke, tweet or facebook. Enforce a digital diet to go with the activity ramp up. This isn’t just a summertime suggestion – it’s a way to bring to life, a new way of living. According to the same report and others like it, kids who suffer from childhood obesity are likely to remain overweight as adults.
As I’ve written before, the best way to treat childhood obesity is to avoid it from the beginning; and prevention starts at infancy. We change best together, so get your friends and family together and do something together. We do together, what we cannot apart.
The summer is here and the weather will be beautiful. Get out there and enjoy the sun, stay active, healthy and feel great.