We all know obesity affects our health, self esteem and mobility. These consequences are terrible for an adult but for a young child at the threshold of their life, being obese can affect how the child socialises, grows and learns.
However childhood obesity affects more than your child's self esteem - it can cause serious health problems that can KILL.
Why is obesity such a problem?
The prevalence of obesity has been increasing at an alarming rate, quickly becoming a global epidemic effecting approximately 310 million people of all races, religions, and socioeconomic status..
It has overtaken infectious diseases as the most significant contributor to ill health worldwide.
Illness such as type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, asthma, heart disease, stroke, back and lower extremity weight-bearing degenerative problems, certain types of cancer, and depression, have been attributed to obesity.
In the US it has been estimated that 400,000 deaths now occur annually due to poor eating habits and physical inactivity.
If the increasing trend of obesity is not reversed over the next few years, poor eating habits and physical inactivity will likely overtake tobacco as the leading preventable cause of mortality.
Obesity in children
Most striking is that the prevalence of obesity in children and adults in the U.S. has increased by more than 30% over the past 10 years. This fact is relevant in most other countries around the world today creating a worldwide health issue.
Children are exposed to unhealthy food choices and are vulnerable to their appeal when this is marketed with “iconic characters” that children see as “heroes”. The proportion of foods that children consumed from restaurants and fast food outlets increased by nearly 300% between 1977 and 1996, and has remained a constant source of profit for major companies right up until now.
Children's soft drink consumption has also increased during those years, and now soft drinks provide consumers 188 kcal/d beyond the energy intake of non-consumers. These changes in caloric intake among children may partly explain the rise in childhood obesity and by changing this level of consumption can be one way that we can influence the impact quickly.
In addition, the developed world has become a society of inactivity. It is critical that the balance of energy intake and energy expenditure be maintained and in fact promotion of a more active lifestyle is another way that we can influence children’s health.
If energy intake exceeds energy expenditure by 5% on a daily basis, a net gain of 5kg fat mass over one year can be expected, and the progression to morbid obesity over several years is inevitable.
Equally, by reducing the excess calories and increasing movement by 5% can have a more positive and life changing effect.
Bottom Line – we can change the impact of obesity !
Tackling Childhood Obesity
There is no time in our lives when it is ok to be obese as it can reduce life expectancy by up to 15 years. An obese child more often than not carries their obesity through into adulthood. If your child learns good habits for eating and exercise as children, they are more likely to carry this knowledge through with them.
Children have an innate thirst for knowledge, a curiosity about life - you've just got to find out how to engage it. The Body Mechanics 2 DVD Pack with its rich media and interactivity talks their language. It gives you the tools to help your children get up off the couch, so you can be active together and tackle the childhood obesity problem.