Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 at 8:15 pm
Fast FactsData from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2010 2,3
- More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
- More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
- More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
- About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese.
- More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese.
When these individuals become parents they will often project this flawed way of thinking onto their children if these inappropriate ways of thinking are not corrected. Parents that refuse to accept responsibility for their own situation and behavior often refuse to face the truth about their children. These types of parents refuse to believe their their children would behave badly, be unkind to others, or have behavior problems at school. While failing to acknowledge and correct inappropriate behavior is harmful enough to the children, these same parents are now refusing to believe that their children are not getting the recommended daily exercise even though the children’s weight suggests otherwise.
According to a 2009 report, approximately 17 percent of boys and 16 percent of girls are considered overweight or obese. These numbers have been on the rise over the past 12 years and will most likely continue to rise if parents continue to ignore this detrimental health trend. It seems that most parents falsely believe that their children get the recommended 60 minutes of exercise each day. If every parent correctly reported their children’s activity level, then it would seem that childhood obesity would be on the decline.
Therefore, one may assume that parents are overestimating the amount of physical activity undertaken by their children on a daily basis. When parents are ready and willing to accept responsibility for their children’s inactivity and take the necessary steps toward helping their children develop a more active lifestyle, then a decline in childhood obesity statistics could be expected. Until that time comes parents need to take a long, hard, truthful look at their children and begin helping their children make healthy choices, such as exercising at least 60 minutes each day.
One of the best gifts you can give your child is just a few minutes of your time.
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