Only One In Ten U.S. High School Students Gets Enough Exercise
Why talk about high school aged kids at a blog that's all about pregnancy and babies? Because eventually your adorable...
Why talk about high school aged kids at a blog that's all about pregnancy and babies? Because eventually your adorable little baby will be a teenager and unless this country does something about how our kids eat and exercise, there's a good chance that your child may be overweight, unhealthy and at risk for a slew of dangerious health problems. Overweight, unhealthy kids and teens is a serious, and deadly issue. Think I'm overreacting? Only ONE in TEN high school aged kids gets enough exercise according to a new CDC report. That's a really lame statistic. What this means is that just 12.2% of high school students in the United States meets healthy objectives for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Also recently announced were the findings from the eighth edition of the "F as in Fat" report which shows that obesity rates have increased in 16 states during the past year, and not a single state had any decline in their rates of obesity. Right now, about 1/3 of babies (yes, babies) are obese by nine months of age. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 20 million children under the age of 5 years are overweight globally. Think being fat isn't that bad for your kids? Think again. According to the WHO being overweight is connected to many very harmful and debilitating health problems such as respiratory difficulties, chronic musculoskeletal problems, skin problems and infertility. There are also life-threatening problems related to being overweight such as type 2 diabetes; certain types of cancers, especially the hormonally related and large-bowel cancers; and gallbladder disease. Raised BMI also increases the risks of cancer of the breast, colon, prostate, endometroium, kidney and gallbladder. Being overweight and obesity also contribute significantly to osteoarthritis, a major cause of disability in adults. Eating poorly, not exercising, and being overweight is not something you want for your child. Now, not later is the time to help your little one grow healthy habits. Kids who are encouraged to make healthy food choices and exercise from an early age will be more likely to make healthy choices later on as well. What you can do now to help encourage a healthy lifestyle (for life) for your child:
- Have a healthy pregnancy, which can help prevent childhood obesity.
- Breastfeed if possible and if you do bottle feed, stop the bottle before your child is 18 months old.
- Don't give your baby too many sweets. Let him get used to eating healthy foods.
- Serve your child a healthy diet - and eat healthy yourself to set a good example.
- Get your kid offline, off-screen and outside and active instead. Kids who get out and get active are healthier than kids who are allowed to sit like lumps.