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 believe that childhood obesity is on the rise because we have lost sight of our collective values. Multitasking and convenience overshadow mindfulness and preparation resulting in more drive-throughs and less quality time together as a family.
One change that will make all of the difference– teaching our young ones through our own behavior that food and dining deserve respect. Taking the time to prepare meals at home that are healthy and enjoyed as a family apart from any other activity is the very first step in establishing the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
Carol Cottrill, CNC