Childhood Obesity on the Rise

What you eat makes a big difference in your health, energy levels and weight; however, those choices also impact those around you – specifically the youngsters.

The United States has seen a significant rise in childhood obesity and diabetes – 10-30% and 30-40% respectively (1). This is mostly due to poor diet, low activity level, and unhealthy behaviors. As adults, we largely contribute to this uptick by readily giving kids processed carbohydrates like chips, crackers, cookies, cereal, sweets, juice, and soda.

Childhood obesity is not only linked to increased risk for heart disease, fatty liver, and other chronic diseases, but is also a major contributing factor to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and bullying.

The most important thing you can do for the children in your life is to be the role model they need. In fact, every moment you spend around kids is an opportunity to set them up for success. Lead the way by showing them the right way to eat: Avoid processed carbohydrates and simple sugars, emphasize vegetables, encourage water, and promote age-appropriate physical activity.

Please help our children avoid obesity and diabetes by doing your part! You have the power to make real, lasting changes in the world!

1.Pulgaron, E. R., & Delamater, 2014.