If children do not understand what it means to give 100% effort, can it cause them to become sedentary, overweight, or even obese? The American Heart Association reports that 12 million children in the United States are overweight. One in three children are overweight, while one in seven children are obese. The rise in overweight children, obese children, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes has triggered many discussions. The major concern which arises from this topic is how this problem got started, who is responsible, and how to fix it.
One solution is to get both parent and child to work together on setting realistic goals together, or a blueprint for success. Since success (or effort) in this regard is measured differently by parent and child, communication will be the key. A good effort by the parent and child can definitely improve the health of the family. A family can sit down for a few minutes each day and make a game plan for improved health which satisfies both parent and child. The best way to accomplish this is by understanding how both sides define effort, and then building on that. Basically, teaching a child about effort can not only help them succeed in life, but also teach them about being healthy! To learn more about this, visit Len Saunders “Reach High” web site.