Motivating Parents to Combat Childhood Obesity
By Natasha Smith
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[February 23, 2008]
I have recently been hearing more and more in
the news about childhood obesity. It has become an epidemic, which
means that more children are suffering with obesity than expected.
As a nurse, I have seen complications from obesity such as diabetes
and cardiovascular disease. Being overweight can affect self-esteem
and lead to depression. Being obese as a child increases the risk of
being obese in adulthood.
As parents, we can
combat childhood obesity by improving diet and exercise. As a
mother, I understand why childhood obesity occurs. Our world has
become so fast-paced. It is a challenge to keep up with both work
and family life. Meals that are prepackaged are easy but are not
always the healthiest choice. It seems children nowadays are more
interested in playing video games than exercising. Seeing how obese
children were treated in school motivates me to see that this does
not happen to my child.
As parents, we are our children's role
models and can play a critical role in influencing our children's
health. If they see us eating healthy and exercising, they will want
to follow suit. We need to think healthy when we are buying our food
and eat out less. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Engage in 20 to 30
minutes of physical activity at least three times per week outside.
Get involved with your children. Go bike riding, swimming, walking
or running. Let them explore their world, and in the end they will
be more willing to preserve it. If it is too cold, go to the mall
and walk. Being involved in activities with your children can bring
families close together and allows time for you to really get to
know your children. Isn't that what it is all about anyway?
[Text from file received from Natasha
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