Over the past three decades, childhood obesity has become not just a national epidemic but a world-wide problem and if we do nothing to help this generation learn to embrace healthy habits now, in the future they will face the potential risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, fatty liver disease and even heart disease at a very young age. In fact some kids are already suffering such diseases. It is everyone’s responsibility to raise awareness to parents and educators that action needs to be taken now if we hope to reduce or perhaps even stop this epidemic.
If you look at most statistics they are quite alarming. According to the American College of Sports Medicine over 23 million children ages 2 to 19 are considered overweight or obese. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimates that the number of overweight/obese children has more than tripled in just 30 years. It is estimated that one-third of children born after the year 2000 face the risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime, not to mention the complications that follow from having this disease. In my family for instance there’s a history of diabetes and heart disease and so it is imperative for the children in my family to exercise and eat properly in order to be able to avoid these medical complications from happening in the future.
How did this happen? Why did we let it happen?
Life styles have completely changed just within the last 30 years. I am only 32 yrs old but when I compare the activities children are doing today with the activities I did when I was their age, there is a substantial difference. Kids today don’t have very active lifestyles. Television, computers, video games occupy must of their time, extremely diminishing their amount of physical activity. Also, cut backs in physical education programs in schools are having a major effect in the amount and the quality of exercise children are receiving. This plus the fact that many kids are eating out at restaurants, whether sit down or fast food, on an almost daily basis where portion control is hard to manage, can be a contributing factor.
Hope is not completely lost. We have the power to change the course we are following as a nation. By educating families we can all learn to embrace healthy habits, and more importantly learn to look at this journey as a lifestyle and not just a diet to lose weight. At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Julia Elliott, mother and grandmother, will share some valuable tips and recipes that will help battle this rising epidemic.
Julia Elliott has come to be known as the “Soy Source” for Power Surge, an on-line site devoted to women’s health issues. Ms. Elliott has frequently appeared on radio and television, at workshops and lectures, and also runs her own business called “SoyCon,” a consulting service made available for those who want the real story on soy. Come join us at the expo, this is vital information that can keep future generations from living unhealthy lifestyles.