What Would Kids Do with 5 Extra Years to Live? (Their Answers Might Make You Cry)

Did you know that kids today are part of the first generation expected to live five fewer years than their parents? This video is a sobering reminder to help our children move more and eat better, right now.
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CKOUDSI617 2/10/2018 10:52:28 PM
The way things are going now, my guess is that we'll ALL die at just about the same time...DEPRESSING
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KHALIA2 12/1/2017 6:54:13 AM
As parents, it is up to us to see that each one will reach their potential by creating healthy meals and seeing that they get enough exercise. Report
NIGHTGLOW 9/14/2017 12:17:48 AM
Source? Study? Citations? Report
FBAILEY24X 12/28/2016 3:23:42 PM
What is this statement based on? Is it something we can change? Very disconcerting!!! Report
LOULOUWLG403 10/21/2015 10:17:51 AM
My DS eats quite a bit of processed foods. Like lunch meats, frozen ravioli and things like that. He does make a lot of food also. He would make tacos with cheese, black beans, and taco sauce on a tortilla. He'll make a tenderloin, mashed potatoes, green beans and
salads. He goes to a organic store to get his fruits & veggies. Report
BECCABOO127 3/22/2015 9:00:37 PM
It is a future that can be changed! Report
GADGETCC 3/31/2014 9:16:02 AM
I cannot fix all kids (or husbands)... just mine. When I joined Sparkpeople, I wasn't planning on getting my family to eat right and they didn't. My father would give my daughter pork rinds because that is what they gave him when he was growing up for teething pain. His diet is still bad, but then my generation had fast food...

I don't really think it is as dire as what they say, but responsibility starts at home. I am not going to tell anyone else how to raise their kids, but thanks to Sparkpeople, I started changing my family's eating habits to make them better by changing to healthier, low-fat options and less fast-food / processed food. I also push them out the door to exercise. It isn't easy.

Maybe all the SparKids will learn and then serve as examples to all the other kids and change the world.

IDLETYME 3/31/2014 8:13:25 AM
As parents it's up to us to see that their food is safe and nutritious as well as their surroundings! Report
KTRIBE808 3/29/2014 11:07:33 AM
If you want kids to live longer, stop feeding them processed food! Also - actively campaign for the removal of GMOs and the chemicals in US foods that have been banned in over 60 other countries! Report
MRSLAURALEE 3/29/2014 10:13:22 AM
WOW! This makes me sad! What have we done to our futures? Report