September 2010 is the first-ever Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Posted Sep 16 2010 12:00am
In the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups. This rise in obesity rates has affected our youth in alarming fashion. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. Over 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider to be an epidemic. And this epidemic puts nearly one third of America’s children at a early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.
It's time to dedicate time to educating our kids and youth to learn to eat better and to get at least 6 minutes of exercise daily. I love speaking to our kids and youth. They will change they just need the tools to do so.
Make a goal to talk to your own kids about eating healthy. Set a good example in your home so that you can raise healthy kids. Visit here to get more ideas: Empower Me