Your health directly affects the children in your life and entire family. If not in the foods that you feed your family and daily activities (or lack of physical activity), than in other areas like work, stress, physical and psychological health. Everything we do directly influences the people around us; loved ones are on the front lines indeed. Diet, fitness, work and emotions included.
Obesity EpidemicObesity is at an all time high in the United States; especially for children. How did we become such an obese nation so fast? Well, the human body is designed to store energy for times of famine. On the other hand, Americans have never been so fat / obese as they have grown to be over the past 30 years. This is why you will hear and read this explained as the obesity epidemic. We usually think infectious disease when we hear the word "epidemic", though it does apply in this case because an epidemic does not have to be contagious; just wide spread and affecting a large percentage of a population. People are more obese than they were 30 years ago.
OK, so we are fatter people ... what is the big deal?
In addition to not looking and having optimal fitness levels, those who are overweight / obese are at risk for The Metabolic Syndrome: Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Polysystic Ovarian Syndrome, Lipid Problems, Cancer, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Fatty Liver Disease and Dementia. This equates to 60% of our population. 75% of health care costs world wide. 2011 United Nation Secretary General announced that non communicable diseases like these pose a bigger threat to the developing word than acute diseases (including HIV / AIDS).
This is the HUGE deal steaming from our HUGE nation that is directly affecting the world. It is hard to imagine our future with staggering information like this!
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Child Obesity & HealthFrom 6 month old babies and preschool age children; to upper middle school and teen kids, child obesity is an epidemic within an epidemic and quite frightening to say the least when determining how child obesity will shape our nations future.
Increased consumption of fructose sugar and processed foods, convenience and fast foods, as well as a the decrease in calorie burning activities (farming, building, etc); specifically schools cutting physical education and sports, video games, television, working parents and latchkey children, etc. These have all contributed to and resulted in a child obesity epidemic.
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If we do not fight this obesity epidemic and make global changes, we will create generations of children that will not outlive their parents. In fact, the increase in sugar and "bad food" consumption has already proven that we are killing ourselves. Start taking the steps to wean your family from the bad foods and habits that create generations of obesity.
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