Child obesity is out of control in the United States. Obesity statistics show that the number of children between 6 and 11 who are obese has doubled since 1980. The definition of obesity is simply having too much body fat. Being overweight means that you weigh too much according to what are considered to be healthy levels. Being obese and being overweight both significantly increase the individual's probability for the development of every preventable disease known. Here are some quick facts about obesity in America:
- More than 60 million people in the US are obese.
- Of those 60 million Americans, over 80 percent of them are also overweight.
- There has been a 15% per capita decrease in the number of adults who get frequent exercise (accounting of 100 or more days per year in a given activity). For people from 12 to 17 years old, there has been a 41% decrease.
- Over 25% of all people in the US are labeled "completely sedentary".
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus cases have risen 76% since 1990.
- Over 85 percent of all diabetes mellitus type 2 cases are attributed to obesity and / or being overweight.
- More than 83 percent of all heart disease is caused by obesity and / or being overweight.
- Over 30% of white children in the US are overweight and / or obese.
- The percentage of childhood obesity among Afro-American and Hispanic children is measured at over 35%.
- More than 25% of overweight children are in the process of developing diabetes mellitus type 2.
- Of those children developing type 2 diabetes, more than 60% of them exhibit one or more early signs of cardiovascular disease.
It is time for the parents in America to wake up and start protecting their children. Parents can teach their children about any and all of the following to help to lower the rates of child obesity and child obesity diseases:
- The laws of sound nutrition;
- Improper eating habits;
- The lies of fast food;
- The vast importance of daily exercise;
- The reality of genetics in obesity (it is very rarely a cause);
- The liberation of living a healthy lifestyle;
- The necessity of a permanent commitment to individual health;
- The joy of vibrant health and positive self esteem;
- And so much more …
The causes of childhood obesity are exactly the same as the causes of adult obesity: poor dietary choices, improper eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. Take control over your health and provide your children, family and friends with something to look up to. Employ healthful configurations in the way that you live beginning today and be a leader. Your children's health is your primary responsibility until they reach adulthood. Take the time to teach them how to eat, what to eat and ensure that they remain physically active on a daily basis. To do any less is to condemn them to a life plagued with health issues that are totally avoidable.