Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Child Obesity - Who is to Blame?


As we look around at the current generation of children, one can notice more and more that child obesity is becoming a serious problem. A combination of technology, alternative forms of entertainment and poor food choices have greatly changed the path at which our children are taking toward the future. We are starting to see the consequences of lower energy expenditures coupled with poor nutritional habits. Unfortunately this problem is going virtually un-noticed by the majority of parents and the other people that influence our children.

Today's technology provides children with a number of different exciting ways to spend their time. The children of today would much rather surf the internet, watch a DVD or play a video game instead of going outside to ride their bike or play in the park. These indoor activities burn very little extra energy and quite often lead to an increase in snacking. In days past parents would have a hard time getting their kids to come back inside where as now in many cases the opposite is true. They simply have a hard time getting their kids to go outside and play when these other options are available.

In addition to burning fewer calories children are being exposed to an increase of junk foods and processed foods. These types of foods have very little or no nutritional value and are loaded with trans-fats, sugar, artificial flavors and salt. An increase in technology in the food industry has made it easier to produce good tasting foods at very low cost using artificial and other low cost addictive additives. Tricky marketing that stretches the truth and convenient packaging has also made it more difficult for the consumer to seek out the product that best suits them from a quality nutrition standpoint.

Similar to any other learning process repetitive food choices at an early age have been shown to create a blueprint for the habits that a child will carry out in the future. Children brought up eating high calorie low nutritional addictive foods many times a week are more likely to keep such habits well into their adolescent and adult years.

School systems are now inviting fast food chains to come in and serve lunches instead of focusing on quality nutrition. The days of focusing on the foods groups have taken a back seat to quick and easy food service. Vending machines with candy bars, chips and sodas are positioned throughout our school systems as well. In addition many school systems have done away with Physical Education which has just added to the problem.

The increased availability of high density low quality foods with the addictive qualities of sugar, salt and trans-fats coupled with less activity have drastically changed the health and well being of our youth.

According to the US Surgeon General 61% of US adults were overweight or obese in 1999. These numbers have tripled since 1980. The same study showed 13% of children 6 to 11 and 14% of adolescent's ages 12 to 19 were overweight or obese as well. Adolescent numbers have nearly tripled in the last two decades and are also rising at a rapid rate. These statistics show the growing severity of child obesity and that it must be addressed by making changes in the nutrition and activity levels of our youth.

For additional information about this article and articles similar to this please visit www.lakenormanfitness.com or you can e-mail me at craig@ncprecisionfitness.com

Craig LePage, CSCS, NASM-CPT
Precision Fitness, Director

Craig is a well-known Fitness Professional in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and is the Director of Precision Fitness Mooresville. He has been helping people reach their fitness and wellness goals for more than 12 years. His credentials include a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Bridgeport Connecticut, CSCS credentials from the NSCA and a Personal Training Certification from the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). Craig has written for Charlotte, NC area Newspapers, authored his own fitness & nutrition program and is a frequent guest on a Charlotte area radio show that focus' on health and wellness. He has recently co-authoring a golf specific exercise book (Play Better, Longer - Golf) and is also working on a book of his own that should be available sometime next year.


MORE RESOURCES:

Huffington Post

If I Started My Weight Loss Journey Over Again, Here's What I Would Do Differently
Huffington Post
When folks hear I've maintained a 125-pound weight loss for over six years now, I'm (almost) always immediately asked, "How did you lose the weight?" And sometimes, I'm ashamed to be open and honest about my weight loss journey. No, I didn't have any ...
You are An Individual: Your Weight Loss Program Should Be TooIdaho Falls Magazine
Which Should You Really Be Worried About: Calories or Fat?The Daily Meal
Burn 500 calories in a day without dieting or gymmingTheHealthSite

all 6 news articles »


Tech Times

Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Fight Type 2 Diabetes
WebMD
THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prior research has suggested that weight-loss surgery might help people rid themselves of type 2 diabetes, and a new study finds that the effect might be long-lasting. "This is a very important study because ...
Type 2 Diabetes Cure: Weight Loss Surgery vs. MedicationTech Times
For diabetes in obesity, weight-loss surgery beats medicationReuters
Weight loss surgery 'cures half of type-2 diabetes cases'BBC News
Youth Health Magzine
all 56 news articles »


U.S. News & World Report

Weight-Loss Experts Share the Most Common Mistakes Clients Make
U.S. News & World Report
Everyone makes mistakes, right? Yep, and, when it comes to weight loss, most of us make the same ones. Here, nutritionists, trainers and weight-loss physicians reveal the biggest flubs in their clients' slim-down, shape-up strategies. Learn from their ...

and more »


Hollywood Life

Rob Kardashian: BFF Malika Reveals How He's Really Doing With Weight Loss
Hollywood Life
But, his recent selfie made many wonder if he was losing weight and his BFF is revealing the details of his weight loss journey. Rob Kardashian, 28, is getting healthy! The reality star has had a hard time shedding the unwanted weight on his body ever ...
Rob Kardashian Weight Loss: Malika Haqq Reveals Reality Star Is 'Doing Really ...International Business Times
Rob Kardashian posts first photo of his weight-loss on InstagramDaily Mail
Rob Kardashian's Weight Loss Is Amazing! After Depression, Before And After ...Hollywood Take
The Weather Space -BreakingNews.ie
all 40 news articles »


Meds are tied to weight loss
McKnight's Long Term Care News
After 12 months, 29.3% of the patients on inhibitors had “significant” weight loss of 10 or more pounds, compared to 22.8% of patients on other medications. Weight loss is a common problem in dementia patients, the researchers wrote in the August issue ...



Chillicothe Gazette

Local woman becomes weight loss pioneer
Chillicothe Gazette
A week ago, Ragland became the first patient in Ohio to undergo the nonsurgical procedure, and she said she's already seen a 10-pound weight loss. “Right now, I have to make myself eat,” she said. “I want fluids — it's really important to drink your ...



Yahoo News

Elvis Duran on 110 Pound Weight Loss: 'I Felt Like I Was Dying & I Had to ...
Yahoo News
Radio host Elvis Duran has hosted his number one morning show on Z100 since 1996, becoming a personality beloved by millions of listeners and celebrity guests alike. Battling with his weight and his confidence since his teen years, his world was turned ...



Doctor who had weight problems now counsels patients on weight loss
WWL
Doctor who had weight problems now counsels patients on weight loss. A weight loss expert is in New Orleans from Boca Raton, Florida, showing local doctors at East Jefferson General Hospital how he helps his patients lose weight and keep it off. Loading…

and more »


Yahoo Health

Jeremy Davis' 205-Pound Weight Loss: 'You Are Worth the Time and the Struggle'
Yahoo Health
My goals were no longer about weight loss, but performance. I started setting goals to run 5Ks and mud runs, or to do a set number of pull-ups — those motivated me more than any number on the scale. If I ever felt myself flagging, I prayed for God to ...



Las Vegas Review-Journal

People Magazine, 'Good Morning America' tout Las Vegas resident's weight loss
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas resident Sharda Smith-Stevens is shown before her weight-loss transformation. She once weighed 245 pounds but decided to lose weight after her mother died of hypertension at 48. (Special to View) ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.