September is Childhood Obesity Month

This issue holds a special place in my heart. As a mama of two I know how important it is for our kids health and nutrition in today’s world. The month of September is devoted to fighting childhood obesity and taking back our kids health. Our children’s generation may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents! That’s scary and completely absurd! “Since 1980, childhood obesity has tripled! 1 in 3 kids fall within the overweight and obese category, and the numbers continue to increase,” reports Charity Sub. This epidemic leaves our children at risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, teasing, bullying, low self-esteem, and social alienation.

It’s estimated only 2% of American children eat enough fruits and vegetables! 2%!!!!!That’s insane to me! Considering we are one of the richest countries with the most available food, but instead we continue to starve and deprive our children from the health and nutrition they deserve to live long, happy, and healthy lives. “Kids ages 8-18 spend 7.5 hours a day on entertainment media, including television, cell phones, computers, and video games. And of that time, 4.5 hours is spent watching tv,” says Charity Sub. What happened to the days when our parents kicked us out of the house to play outside until they called us home for dinner? Or what happened to all the sports and activities we drug our parents to day-in and day-out because we couldn’t miss a practice or a game? Now, only 4% of elementary schools have gym classes!

It’s not too late, as parents and adults we are responsible to nurture, care for, and give the children of today the right to live up to the best of their abilities, to be able to do whatever their hearts desire, to be able to chase every dream they’ve ever wanted, but instead we’re allowing something as simple as food and nutrition snatch that all away from them. We let fast food restaurants dictate what our kids should eat. Did you know that 50% of all advertisements promoting food and beverages are focused directly at children? No wonder we have an epidemic. They’re staring into the tv for hours on end and constantly being reminded that coolest new toy is inside their happy meal at McDonald’s!

The solution is so simple and requires an everyday effort and that’s hard for busy Americans. But with a little extra time, planning ahead, education, and mindfulness we can take back our children’s health and give them a life worth living, free from disease and free from un-necessary medications and illnesses.

Here are a few ideas to get you started. Plan grocery trips in advance-make a list of
things you need not WANT. Get the kids involved,they love to get their hands dirty and jump into the mix! Let them help you cook or go shopping with you. Try out new recipes. Make food fun and tasty. Decide to eat more home cooked meals. Plan a weekly menu. Read labels-what you see isn’t always what you’re get! Buy local from your farmers and farmers markets-most times it’s less expensive than the stores. Start a garden and grow your own food (believe me the kids will want to help with that too and they’ll be outside and getting some physical activity!) Go to the beach, rides bikes, take a walk, try a new activity, go to a play ground and just let them run. When they tucker out you’ll be happy that you”ll actually get some downtime too! Bonus!!

A little overwhelming? Seek advice from the experts. Follow Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution, he has so much to offer from recipes, to cooking demos, information and knowledge. Find a local chef that offers cooking classes or holistic health coach that can get you jump started and off in the right direction. Even look into local companies that do community outreach. I hope this information gives a lot of insight to what we seem to be ignoring and that is our future generation. They deserve better! Stay tuned for what’s in store and up and coming this spring with Balanced Living Health and Wellness. The kids will be having too much fun!
Related Articles:

Charity Sub- http://www.charitysubs.org

COAM- www.healthierkidsbrighterfutures.org

Food Corps-http://www.foodcorps.com

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

7 thoughts on “September is Childhood Obesity Month

  1. I feel so sad when I see very young children who are overweight! It turns out, it’s not just a problem in America anymore… Did you know, Mexico has the highest obesity rate in the world? Places like China and India, where obesity never even existed a decade ago are now one of the fattest countries! The western diet is a killer!

    • Hi Kate! I didn’t know that about Mexico but I can understand how. And I know we’re killing the whole world and it breaks my heart and I continue to watch the continuous line at McDonalds funnel through the parking lot! Thanks for stopping by and for the extra info! Hope you’re well downunda! xox

  2. The statistics continue to shock and disturb me! I saw an example in my own family this past weekend that made me angry, and also emphasized how hard it can be to keep your child out of the cultural sway! My granddaughter (4 1/2) finished her first soccer game on Saturday. The parent sign-up gave guidelines for treats. My daughter brought cut oranges, and the other family brought donuts and chocolate milk! So after the kids spent an hour and half with excellent running and exercise, donuts and chocolate milk?

    Sometimes I despair! But we keep trying, don’t we? Thanks for this great post. Debra

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