As most of you know by now, TheFatGuy is passionate about fighting obesity and passionate about helping our youth have the opportunity to live happy healthy productive lives. So it only stands to reason that I am gravely concerned about The Childhood Obesity Epidemic! I have volunteered with Youth Programs for most of my life and left a 28 year career to head a youth serving organization for 3 1/2 years. I am also TheFatGuy that knows what it is like to be, well fat! Extremely FAT/OBESE!
While watching my own weight bounce around for 33 years of my adult life, I also have watched many children I care deeply about struggle with obesity and the issues that come with it. Obesity is a national issue housed in millions of personal struggles and stories. My own struggle peaked in February of 2009 at 360 pounds and very tight 54″ waist pants. Those pants not only held 360 pounds they held a multitude of health issues. The issues included, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, asthma, migraines, sleep issues, back/neck issues, and more. After losing 150 pounds over the next year I came off of 7 different medications and am now in the best shape of my life. Anyone that thinks weight does not cause health issues is fooling themselves. You only have to look at the health I have regained at 56 years of age to see what proper weight with a good diet and exercise can do for your health.
WHAT CAUSES CHILDHOOD OBESITY? It is quite simple, Childhood obesity is the result of eating too many calories and not getting enough physical activity. We can debate who takes the blame but the equation is simple: too many calories in and not enough used through MOVING MORE.
MY QUESTION TO ALL OF YOU: Do you want our children growing into my size 54″ pants and accumulating all of the health and life issues that come with those pants? My wish for you and the children in your life is that you find your journey to health and fitness and that you help the children in your life develop healthy lifestyle habits.
MOVE MORE: I have one tool that can help you start a child’s journey today. You can participate in the Youth Marathon Program that is part of the Charleston Marathon. Basically, a child/teenager walks or runs 25 miles between now and January, on the afternoon of January 17th all of the children come out to do their final 1.2 miles with us at the Marathon finish line in downtown Charleston at Burke Middle/HS, where they will receive a Marathon medal and shirt based on the race guidelines. IT IS ALL FREE for our kids! To get more info about the Youth Marathon program you can go to fatguydiary.com and click on Charleston Youth Marathon Program on the left side of the page.
Fight Childhood Obesity in September (National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month) and year round. Don’t let our children grow into my size 54″ pants. Have them take a step in the right direction with our Youth Marathon Program.
Mike Campbell, TheFatGuyTheFitGuyTheBEAST
Volunteer Director of the Charleston Youth Marathon Program
Youth Marathon Program Basic Information:
- Join us at Burke Middle High School on January 17, 2014 as we watch hundreds of our community children run on portions of the official Charleston Marathon course.
- Registration will begin at 2:00 p.m. Run begins at 3:30 p.m.
- We will have a family fun area with refreshments, local sports characters, bounce house and more!
- Each child that participates receives a commemorative medal and a Charleston Youth Marathon T-shirt.
The Charleston Youth Marathon Program was developed for the benefit of our community children in the Charleston area. The goal of our program is to:
- Educate parents and children about the benefits of physical fitness
- Encourage children to participate in a physical activity on a daily basis
- Help children make smart choices to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle now and into adulthood
- The Charleston Marathon Youth Marathon is open to all children ages 7-17 years old who are in good health.
- The Youth Marathon is a modified marathon, which means your child can run or walk 25 miles prior to race day, and then complete the final 1.2 miles on January 18, 2013.
- Once a child is registered they can log back into their online account to complete their training log each time they walk/run. You can also print out a copy of the 2013 Charleston Youth Marathon Log below and manually log miles. Each child must log 25 miles by race day in order to participate in the final 1.2 mile leg of the Charleston Youth Marathon.
- The Youth Marathon is free and every participant will receive an official Charleston Youth Marathon Medal and Charleston Youth Marathon t-shirt when they turn in their logged miles. Every youth that registers online will have access to sponsor promotions and coupons that we will have online.
Champions come in all shapes and sizes:
· In schools we have had a custodial staff person run the program, PE teachers, nurses, volunteers (parents)
· Parents and families have picked up the program
· Kids have focused on getting the program moving
SC Facts about Childhood Obesity
During the past few years, the rising level of obesity in our country has become a well-known problem. Overweight and obese adults are at increased risk for diabetes, hypertension, stroke, certain cancers, heart disease, high cholesterol, gall bladder disease, sleep apnea, depression, osteoarthritis and asthma. Obesity rates in South Carolina have more than doubled since 1990, with almost two-thirds of our adult citizens considered overweight or obese. In addition,
- In 2009, South Carolina had the 14th worst overweight or obesity rate in the nation. Three out of every five South Carolina adults (nearly 66%) are either overweight or obese. Twenty-nine percent are obese.
- Of those South Carolinians who are overweight or obese, 37.5% have high blood pressure, 11.7% have diabetes, and 5.1% have coronary heart disease.
- The economic impact of obesity and overweight population in terms of illness, diseases and lost productivity is significant. 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.
- Nearly one third of high school students (31%) in South Carolina are overweight or obese.
- Approximately one half of all African American children in rural areas of 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.
SOUTH CAROLINA YOUTH
OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY
· THE PROBLEM
o • Almost 1 in every 3 (31.7 percent) S.C. high school students are overweight or obese.
o • Studies have shown that obese adolescents have an est. 70-80% percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults3.
o • 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 the survey1.
o • If current trends continue, one out of three children born in 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes, primarily due to a poor diet and lack of physical activity4.
· THE COMPLICATIONS
o High Blood Pressure Sleep Apnea
o Asthma Poor Self-Esteem
o Depression Type 2 Diabetes