Monday, March 21, 2011
Let's Put An End To Childhood Obesity: Let's Get Parents On Board
More often than not, low-income families shop for groceries at local stores that offer a pitiful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh foods are placed on the backburner in favor of cheap, energy-dense options and sugar sweetened beverages like sports drinks and sodas. Parents and caregivers need to pay close attention to children’s diet and exercise. For families lacking the means to afford healthy food, there are organizations like WIC that help make healthy food a more realistic option. In order to combat childhood obesity, adults need to encourage healthier food habits in youngsters and teach by example. Here’s the catch: children who grow up eating unhealthily often become obese adults. As heavy adults, they continue to eat a poor diet and then pass those bad habits along to their kids. The cycle repeats. To put a stop to this, or at least attempt to fight the childhood obesity epidemic, parents need to recognize the importance of healthy diet and exercise so they can pass that knowledge along to their children.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign is a wonderful resource for taking steps towards ending childhood obesity. Children don’t choose what they eat and can’t choose where they live. Therefore, it is truly our responsibility to put them on a path to a healthy future.