Childhood Obesity and how It is destroying our kids’ lives

Good afternoon bloggers!  Today I am going to hit on the subject of hazing.  Hazing is the act of initiating someone into something by humiliation acts.  According to an article from the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled in school age children (6-19) since the 1970’s.  Overtime, if a person eats more an excessive amount of food and beverages, will likely have weight gain over time. In the United States and also globally, imbalances in energy is a key factor of childhood obesity.  I personally have a son right now that is obese.  I am hoping by doing some ranting and research on childhood obesity will help both of us understand this epidemic.

BMI is the formula health care professionals use to measure obesity.  This is the measure of how tall a person is and how much they weigh.  I can remember when I have taken my son to his pediatrician, he explained how BMI can really have a significant purpose for helping to solve childhood obesity. One of the contributing factors of childhood obesity is genetics.  According to the CDC there are many contributing factors of childhood obesity.  These include a child’s metabolism.  Metabolism is how the body changes food and oxygen into energy it can use.  Some of the other factors include community and neighborhood design and safety, short sleep duration, and eating and physical activity behaviors. Do any of these sound at all familiar to you?

Childhood obesity has a significant factor on a child’s social, physical, and emotional health.  According to the CDC:

  • Children that are obese are at high risk for chronic health conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, as well as risk factors for heart disease.
  • Obese children are more likely to be teased and bullied by kids who are of normal weight.  This can lead to social isolation, depression, and a low self-esteem.
  • Obese children are more likely to grow into an obese adult.  This can lead to risk factors for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and many types of cancer.

Wow, all of these problems of childhood obesity reminds me to my son.  He is very depressed and he expects failure at anything he tries to do.  He has had a difficult life because when he was only 1 year old, I was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia.  I had to spend several months away from him because of my poor health.  Or is this just me making an excuse for myself and my son.   I struggle with disciplining my son even if it comes to making him healthy.  However, I do not want my child to suffer from these horrible health conditions.  I know there has to be a change in order to ensure good health for my son.

Okay I realize this is a difficult conversation to have, but changes at home is the first thing to tackle.  Tell me about your stories.  Maybe you have a son or a daughter that suffers from childhood obesity.  Let me know what you are doing, if you have a plan to help change your child’s life.  I can use all the advice I can get.

Until my next blog,

Good day friends!!!