Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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23 million children and teens in America are obese which is equivalent to 1 in every 3 of our youths population. Medical experts consider this to be an epidemic which must be addressed immediately.

Sadly enough we have reached a point that there has been a month dedicated to childhood obesity awareness. September has been named National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The goal is to get organizations throughout the U.S. to initiate activities to raise awareness through the support of national, state, and local leaders.

Did you know? One out of three children will develop type 2 diabetes over the course of their lifetime if there isn’t some decline in obesity rates. One in five children already have a cholesterol problem. Youth that are obese have an 80% chance of staying overweight as an adult. This puts them at risk for other health issues including sleep apnea, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and several types of cancer.

Amounts up to $14 billion a year on health care costs hit the economy hard with people spending 9% of their income on obesity-related illness.

 

Be in the know:

  • Weight-gains of 11 to 17.6 lbs increase the risk of Heart Disease (CHD) and non-fatal heart attack by 25%. 44 lbs or more increase risk by more than 2.5 times (250%).
  • Approximately 68% of arthritis patients are overweight. Don’t be fooled, joint damage and arthritis can attack even the youngest of the population. Each  pound of body-weight lost equals a 4-pound reduction in knee joint stress in those that are obese.
  • 1 in 8 preschoolers are obese.
  • Children are consuming fresh produce and more processed foods which in turn create empty calories. Cut back on items that are processed in a factory and move to the items picked from the farm.
  • Modern day technology has significantly change the way our children play and interact. Remind them of the great outdoors and all the fun that imagination has to offer!
  • Kids can exercise too! Teach children the benefits of working out-it’s good for the body and the mind. Don’t forget to lead by example, children mimic what they see.
  • Beverages are often forgotten about, but soft drinks and juices are high in sugar content. Increase water intake and cut out the number of sugary drinks your kids consume.

If you are or know of an organization interested in participating in a awareness function for childhood obesity, download this kit to help get started.

Visit the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month website for more information

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