Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fight Childhood Obesity with Physical Education

Childhood obesity has become a major problem internationally and has become a concern to parents and society at large. There are many studies being conducted to know the causes of childhood obesity and prevent the consequenses of childhood obesity. As you look at it deeply, it is the problem of many developed and developing nations.

Cities are becoming richer and congested. The crime rate is increasing. Outdoors are becoming increasingly unsafe to little kids to go out and play. Time being spent in education is leaving children with little time to play. Families are becoming what they micro families. These days children seldom go out and play by themselves. Neighbors continues to be strangers even after years spent together. Children rarely play with other children, their only playmates are TV and computer.

They watch TV lying down in the couch, they play video games, they study, they eat, and they sleep lying down. As outdoor activity became less, celebrations are becoming indoor. The only way we now know celebrating is eating. Other than toys as parents we tend to buy lot of junk food to express our love to them. And children with very little outdoor activities and increased study hours and junk food are becoming obese and this problem is becoming international.

The consequences of childhood obesity include asthma, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, apnea, and problems with mental health. Obese children are more prone to the above illnesses than their nonobese friends. Knowing about these diseases, made me take care of my children's health. As my children are very small either me or my wife take them to the park every other day for about 1 hour. They also practice yoga along with me. TV is restricted to just 1 hour for the children and 1 hour for the adults in the house. I diciplined myself and seldom take home junk food. In future, I plan to join my children in sports clubs. My plan to make a community of the neighborhood in order to have interaction with people of the neighborhood knowing one another and their children well, so that our children go out and play in the neighborhood.

I strongly believe that as parents it is our responsibilty to take care of our childrens health and their future.

Physical education is the only way now a days parents are depending on for some exercise. The inability of busy parents to monitor the activities of children made then look for schools which can take most of the burden off their shoulders. Indeed schools which took up physical education and wellbeing of their students seriously are preferred most by the parents.

Useful Books and CDs:
Fed Up!: Winning the War Against Childhood ObesityA Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Roadmap to HealthThe Truth About Childhood ObesityUnderage and Overweight: America's Childhood Obesity Epidemic--What Every Parent Needs to Know

If the childhood obesity is just a result of lack of exercise and overeating and eating junk foods and not any genetic or hormonal causes, then discipline and exercises are the only best way to fight childhood obesity.

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