TheFatGuy's last blog was " Childhood Obesity is an Epidemic! SO, join TheFatGuy to get kids MOVING MORE!!" TheFatGuy's passion for fighting this epidemic and his Youth Marathon Program were the focus of this piece. Since this month is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, he wanted to give you some facts, figures and thoughts to 'digest' when thinking about this growing problem with 'our' kids.
Again, I will ask, What causes childhood obesity? And again the answer is Childhood obesity is the result of eating too many calories and not getting enough physical activity.
Now let's take emotion out of it and the fact that we are sentencing many of our kids to a life that will involve many physical, mental, health related, and emotional problems. Some will die! SO what are some facts you should know:
In Georgia some studies were done and the findings were:
- 1 Million kids are overweight or obese (almost 40%)
- Georgia has the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the US
- They discovered that 75 percent of parents with obese children were not aware that their children were overweight
- 50 percent of parents didn’t realize that childhood obesity was a problem to begin with!
- The cost of obesity is estimated to be $2.4 Billion per year
In South Carolina the facts are:
- In 2009, South Carolina had the 14th worst overweight or obesity rate in the nation.
- Nearly one third of high school students (31%) in South Carolina are overweight or obese.
- If current trends continue, one out of three children born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes primarily due to poor diet and lack of physical activity.
- 85.3 percent of S.C. high school students had not eaten fruits and vegetables five or more times per day within the 7 days prior to being surveyed.
- In 2003, obesity-related medical expenditures for adults in South Carolina total over $1 billion, with over half of the costs being financed by Medicaid and Medicare. FYI> it's 2012 NOW! Could be twice this figure.
- Complications of obesity include, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma, poor self-esteem, depression, Type 2 diabetes, and a growing list…………….
- as high as 80% of obese/overweight children WILL BE obese/overweight adults.
- In the past four decades childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight.
- On a typical day 80% of youth drink sugar drinks
- Children 8—18 years of age spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including TV, computers, video games, cell phones, and movies
What can we do as parents, teachers, caring adults:
- Rethink your Drink- replace those sugary drinks with water or low fat milk
- Check your portion size (use smaller plates & utensils)
- cut the media time at least in half and work toward 1 -2 hours per day
- Just plain MOVE MORE each day
- for more help check out Eat Smart Move More SC 7 Healthy Habits and Eat Smart Move More SC Options For Action for some GREAT INFO!
TheFatGuy does not want to see any child growing into his 54"waist pants from 2009 that housed a wealth of health issues. DO YOU?
Note to ME and YOU: Do something small, do something big, but do something to help turn the tide on Childhood Obesity!