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.
There has been a societal shift — the social media climate has changed the way that people are socializing, hurting the development of today’s youth. Previously, children were able to grow and develop through the societal benefits of playing with their peers, hands-on. Today, computers and virtual realities have over-powered outdoor, imaginative play.
One small change – – Getting outside and playing as a family — instilling a lasting love for outdoor activity and adventure in children at an early age.