As many of my regular viewers to this web blog know, there are many factors contributing to childhood obesity. I post daily here about it, whether news print articles, opinions, feedback, or just personal opinion.
Recently, I wrote an article for Yahoo! (click here) about childhood obesity. I started searching for sources for this article, and received over 100 responses to the question, “What do you think caused the rise in childhood obesity?” Responses came from professional and Olympic athletes, fitness experts, health experts, nutritionist, and parents.
I was unable to use everyone’s feedback, but thought it would be great to post some of their responses on my blog in a new web series, “What Causes Childhood Obesity.” I hope that you enjoy the opinions here from various individuals. Please remember, my including their posts does not necessarily mean I agree or endorse their opinion, rather, a place to share other people’s thoughts.
Kids are not participating in activities as much as they should every day. A lot of time is spent in front of computers, video games and TVs. In addition to that, kids diets are not as health conscious as they should be. (i.e., a lot of sodas, fast food and processed food, which, together, is a bad combination).
From a food standpoint, reducing the amount of sugar and increasing water in a child’s life can help them lead a healthier lifestyle. From an activity standpoint, one change to help a child live a healthier lifestyle is reducing an hour a day from computer time.
Annika Sorenstam, World Golf Hall of Famer, President of ANNIKA Brand of Businesses