Wednesday, December 06, 2017
"A new study tells us that 57% of today’s children will be obese by the time they are 35. And if a child is obese when they are young, chances are overwhelming that they will stay that way.
Obesity is a real problem in our country, not just for adults but also for children."
Read the reat of the article at: https://www.health.harvard.edu
I stop by Circle K for an unsweetened iced tea. Their unsweetened teas come in three flavors: black, black raspberry, and green mango. Yesterday a mother bought her young preschool age daughter an ICEE she could barely carry it was so big. It concerns me that we are allowing children to eat high sugar, high fat, and high sodium foods and in amounts that lead to obesity.
I do not know what the answer is. Something needs to be done. This article gives suggestions that are good. But what can we do if our children are grown and starting etheir own families. God knows I kept mine busy in seasonal team sports, hiking, swimming, rollrskating and rollerblading, bike riding, paintballing, waterskiing or tubing, golf, karate, etc. but at some point I lost sight of portion control and healthy food choices. I think it was the high school years when I was in the parking lot waiting to pick up or in a hurry picking up fast food. I put on all kinds of weight.
I've come back to my senses, mainly because I have more time for me. How do we encourage better choices without sounding like a know it all or being an annoying pest?
We should worry about those around us. This obesity trend has been years in the making and is only getting worse. Our healthcare system is overburdened with obesity related issues.
I always encourage my students to bring healthy snacks. My class brings more healthy snacks than any other class. Other teachers say, "We can't control what parents send with their kids for snack." But we can point out the health benefits of healthy choices and make others want to care for their bodies.