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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Harsher Standards for Childhood Obesity

Thoughts and ideas about how to deal with Childhood Obesity are abundant and yet even too overwhelming to deal with because, after all who really has the answers to this million-dollar question?
Certainly childhood obesity didn’t spring up over night.  Its been the convergence of many things from fast food, computer age, lack of exercise and nutrition for children in schools, lack of parental guidance and so on.
Then there are the staggering statistics from different states, counties and cities  -- which state has the highest rate of obesity, which state has the most lack of education when it comes to proper nutrition and exercise, which state has the worst lunches for its kids.  Once again, the list can go on and on – yet what is being done about it.
There are wonderful chefs and advocates of organic foods that are doing what they could to shout from the mountaintops of their organizations, but it takes the whole community to really come together and make some necessary and drastic changes.   Here are some very alarming statistics dealing with childhood obesity…
  • There is alarming increase in the number of children and adolescents developing Type-2 Diabetes (adult-onset diabetes) due to being overweight.
  • The high levels of cholesterol and high blood pressure, that are some of the main risk factors for development of heart diseases, are found in most of the obese children.
  • Sleep Apnea (interruption of breath while sleeping) is considered as the most severe problem faced by obese children.  In rare cases, this sleep apnea may lead to other problems like difficulty in learning and memory.
  • Obese children are on higher risk of developing, liver diseases, orthopedic problems and asthma.
  • More than 70% obese adolescents retain their overweight and obese condition even during their adulthood.
The plain and simple truth is really not that plain or simple.  The plain and simple truth to a certain extent should be treated as draconian law for the sake of the next generation to come, otherwise, what will happen to the next generation?
What are your ideas on this matter?  Are there any initiatives in your communities that are on the path to making changes?  San Diego has a great initiative through the county that will continually work to serve the community in helping to improve the horizon for our future generation…stay tuned for more news in the near future.

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