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.
I think many parents have gotten lazy themselves, don’t place their own health as a high priority and don’t invest in proper parenting when it comes to maintaining their children’s healing routines.. More than that, the root of a child’s imbalance is often the parents, who are not making the time and taking the effort to treat themselves well. An unhealthy, unhappy parent who doesn’t make the home into a health-and-fitness-oriented environment, in my opinion, has not done their best job. The way the parents live and view food and exercise is mirrored in the well-being of their children. So to encourage kids to be their best, parents need to be at theirs. Make a commitment to cooking with whole foods, taking after-dinner walks with your kids, enrolling them in sports and educating yourself as a parent about what it takes to look and feel your most vital, so you can pass the wisdom onto your
A couch potato lifestyle is setting in earlier and earlier. Kids need to play, yet a combination of too many processed foods and lethargy-inducing video games and TV keep them stagnant. The more housebound kids get, the more obese. If they’re going to stay home and play video games, switch their games to movement-oriented ones, like Dance Central, Star Wars, Mass Effect and others. Get your kids the Xbox Kinect, which gets them off the couch and exercising while they play.
Sadie Nardini, Host of Veria Living’s daily yoga show, Rock Your Yoga