It has been wonderful to see childhood obesity claiming more attention from the mainstream media and First Lady Michelle Obama! I wonder how SparkPeople can jump in and take part in actions to raise awareness, take preventative measures, etc...? Both on the 'net level and on the local, grassroots SparkPeople chapter level...? Does anyone know how the SparkTeens site is doing...? Perhaps we can promote this more...?
Who among us would have our future generations go through the struggles WE have when our children can get started on leading a SPARKING lifestyle NOW...?!?!
Here are some good articles on the topic. Go to the original url for the entire read:
Girl's odyssey shows challenge of fighting obesitynews.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100201/ap_on_he_me/u
Paris Woods is hardly a poster child for the obesity epidemic. Lining up dripping wet with kids on her swim team, she's a blend of girlish chunkiness and womanly curves.
In street clothes — roomy pink sweats or skimpy tank tops revealing broad, brown swimmers' shoulders — the teen blends in with her friends, a fresh-faced, robust-looking All-American girl.
That's the problem.
Like nearly one-third of American teens, Paris Woods is overweight. Her doctor worries her weight will creep up into the obesity range. One out of four black girls her age is obese.
The more than 11 million U.S. teens who are overweight or obese face an increased risk for diseases once confined to adults, like diabetes, artery damage and liver trouble. Those problems along with high blood pressure and high cholesterol are showing up increasingly in kids.
(I'd LOVE to catch up with this girl's pediatrician and the researcher involved Dr. Ned Calonge of the Preventative Services Task Force and inform them of SparkPeople and SparkTeens! Have tried Googling to no avail as yet. ---Don)
Michelle Obama Taking On Childhood Obesity Crisis www.care2.com/causes/health-policy/blog/mi
“Medical experts have warned that our children are on track to be less healthy than we are.” - First Lady Michelle Obama
We should be ashamed of that fact.
Michelle Obama is leading the charge against childhood obesity. We’ve already seen her tending the White House vegetable garden and encouraging children to participate in the growing process. Now she’s taking that enthusiasm to a whole new level, with a national campaign.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 12.4 percent of 2-5 year olds are obese; for 6-11 year-olds it's 17.0 percent; and for the 12-19 year-old crowd, it's 17.6 percent.
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