Childhood Obesity


I was fascinated by what I was reading* today about Childhood Obesity. It is preventable and worth thinking about as parents and teachers. According to the research:

  • More than 9 million American children are overweight.
  • Nearly half of youths aged 12-21 in the U.S. Are not vigorously active on a regular basis.
  • Only 8 % of Elementary schools and less than 7 % of middle schools and high school have daily physical education requirements in the U.S.

Causes of Obesity:

  • Genetics
  • Behavioral genetics
  • Inherited traits
  • Diet
  • Toxic environments
  • Behavior
  • Culture
  • Gender, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic factors

So, what do we do? Dr. Allen Dearry, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) says, “Because it is so hard to treat obesity, we’ve tried to focus on preventing obesity from developing children, and we’re trying to do that through a variety of research and educational strategies. If you can prevent kids from becoming overweight and boese at a young age, then you’re much more likely to start to reduce the incidence of obesity in adults.”

Prevention tips:

  • Assess your dietary intake.
  • Monitor your portion sizes.
  • Modify food preparation: reduce use of fats and sugars.
  • Wait a few minutes before giving additional servings.
  • Become active as a family.
  • Be a role-model. Your kids are watching!

If you’d like some help with preventing obesity, or know of anyone who might need some help, please pass on this newsletter, and have them give me a call at 847-962-5234.

parenting resources

helpful websites

  • Love and Logic
    Bestselling author Jim Fay, founder of the "Love and Logic" process.
  • Focus on The Family
    Provides parenting advice and other family issues from a Christian perspective. Founded by Dr. James Dobson.
  • TroubledWith: Parenting Children
    Resources dealing with various common childhood issues and what a parent can do.