Childhood Obesity on the Rise in NH and US
Despite the efforts of educators and health practitioners to educate children about healthy eating, the overall health of our children continues to decline. Incidences of obesity, diabetes and autoimmune disorders are consistently rising. A nutrient-deficient diet comprised of mostly processed foods also contributes to high cholesterol and triglycerides, insulin resistance, allergies, asthma, ADD and frequent illnesses.
Did you know. . .?
- 33.4% of third graders in NH in 2009 were overweight or obese
- 9 million young adults, 27% of all Americans ages 17 – 24, are too fat to join the military
- 62.8% of adults in NH are overweight or obese
- 90% of foods that Americans purchase every year are processed foods
- 4 gm of Trans fats per day for 14 years leads to 100% increase in risk for heart disease
Education on healthy foods is not enough, we must promote change in eating behaviors and daily health habits. Current research in pediatrics is focusing on lifestyle changes that have been shown to improve overall health and maintain or reduce weight. These include journaling food intake and exercise, involving the whole family, cooking and exercising together, promoting self care and improving self image. Just a few small changes that become regular habits really make a difference.
We have the power to keep ourselves and our children healthy, vibrant and joyful or sluggish, ill and moody by the choices we make every day. What small steps can you take today?