How Advancements in Technology Are Causing Obesity in Today’s Children

There are times when I’m writing that I just stare out the window thinking. I have often observed young people walking down the sidewalk with ear buds in and text messaging. I get the feeling that this continues when the young person gets home.

Texting: I admit that I will text someone in the house with me rather than go and talk to them. That is usually because I am downstairs and they are upstairs. If I am doing that I’m pretty sure that kids are. Why get up and go to where a person is if you can text?

Too Busy: When my teachers gave assignments they had to keep in mind that we would have to physically go to the library to get information for any reports or term papers. That was calculated into the amount of time given for the assignment to come due.

That isn’t needed anymore. In fact, schools are giving children as young as sixth grade iPads so they can finish their assignments faster. All the teach

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Emotional Damage to Obese Children

Aside from the physical health risks posed to obese children, the emotional risks are obvious. Anyone who thinks that it is the responsibility of other children to become more tolerant is probably morally correct, though living in an unachievable fantasy.

Children cannot help but say what they see, whether said with malicious intent or not, if they notice a child in their class who is overweight, it will at some stage be mentioned.

Of course we can argue that a better and easier solution to the childhood obesity epidemic is to emotionally resource the obese child so that they have self esteem and confidence to such high levels, their emotional resilience cannot be fractured by the taunts of their peers.

The greatest challenge with this particular strategy is that it creates such a huge expectation upon the obese child. We are asking them to behave calmly when faced with teasing, to continue to love themselves when others point out their physical stature and abov

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Childhood Obesity – Baggy Pants – Nose Rings and a – Tummy Roll?

Every generation of youth has its fads and signs of “I’ll do it my way” in their clothing, jewelry or hairstyles. But one trend is setting this current younger set apart – obesity. More and more of our children and young people are getting “tummy rolls”, flabby and just plain fat at an age when they should be at their best physically.

Why? I think the answer is obvious. Junk food is too readily available to our young people. Mochas and burgers are usually just a 5 minute drive from the high school so teens have access to empty calories throughout the day. To make matters worse, cafeterias offer fast-food type foods since “they are going to eat it anyway”, not to mention vending machines flash their impulse foods in many nooks and crannies of the school halls.

How do we combat this? How can a parent help their youngsters to avoid the slippery slide into poor health and obesity? Thankfully, we are seeing more and more coope

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Snip the Snap

I read there are 18 mayors in several cities, including my city of Louisville, wanting to push for taking away the privilege of buying sugary drinks with food stamps or SNAP benefits. Normally I would think this is a stupid idea but I actually feel like food stamps should only be used for food. Soda pop isn’t a food.

Since I am an expert on being poor, I can without a doubt say that the first items that most poor people buy with their food stamps are drinks, snacks, and processed foods. Why is this? Well because these items are cheap. A 2 liter bottle of soda cost less than a dollar and when you have several mouths to feed for the month people have to learn how to stretch their food stamps to make it through to the end of the month which means buy all the bad stuff because it will go further and is usually in packaging.

Certainly you can choose to buy healthy items with your food stamps but it is likely towards the end of the month you will run out of food. I run

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Confessions of an Overweight Adult

“I’ve pretty much been ‘heavy set’ my entire life although I prefer the term fat! I mean, really, let’s call it what it is. You can mask it all different ways but it’s all fat! Fat is the last bastion of legal prejudice. See, people can still use your size to ‘keep you out.’ For example: Potential employers can not hire you saying you are a health risk. Airlines can charge you for 2 seats. And lastly, people feel free to just say whatever they want under the guise of “it’s for your own good.” So what kinds of things are for your own good? Let me give you a list of things I’ve found offensive:

• You have such a pretty face… (it means: you COULD be really pretty if you matched an ideal!)

• Have you thought about going on a diet? (Every fat person is aware of their size. They don’t need to be reminded. And, guess what, sometimes their weight has nothing to do with diet. Many kind

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Why You Should Consider a Personal Trainer for Your Child

If you remember watching the Olympics you may have heard about this or that athlete’s personal trainer. Many of the athletes have had a personal trainer from a very young age. The trainer helped shape the talent and bring out the best in each one.

Skills: That is one example of why a specialist is needed; skills. Other sports have similar needs. It’s fun to toss the football back and forth… if you can catch it (I can’t). It’s another thing to learn the strategies needed to play the game and train the eyes and muscles to work together.

Avoid Getting Hurt: One of the first things many coaches teach their charges is how to fall. It’s a given, especially in contact sports. However, there are ways of limiting how much you get hurt if you know what to do during the fall. That can be life saving in some sports.

There is another side to that. We parents can get hurt if we try to teach something we are

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Helping Your Child Make a Lifestyle Change

17% of the children in the U.S. are obese. That’s over twelve million kids. This doesn’t even count the ones that are overweight but not to the obese mark. These children need our help, but how can we help them?

Doctor: This should be the first step, even before a diet plan is made. Some medical conditions may be a factor in a child’s weight problem. Being obese can cause some medical conditions. These have to be factored in as the first step in the program.

Nutritionist: Tweeking a child’s diet is a little more complicated than an adults. Children are still growing so nutrition is important. A nutritionist can help you understand calorie needs, foods that give the most nutrients per calorie and whether or not a vitamin/mineral supplement would be important.

The nutritionist can also help you find recipes and teach how to plan menus. A diet does not necessarily mean that a child is hungry but it will mean

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7 Childhood Obesity Solution Tips to Eliminate This Growing Epidemic!

Childhood obesity is now a major problem in the USA. It is more difficult than ever for children to lose weight. We have fast food restaurants at every corner, new snack foods arriving at grocery stores every week and computers and video games to make even the most active child lead a sedentary life. Did I mention poor nutrition in the schools due to the administrations getting kickbacks from snack food vendors? It is no wonder more than half of American kids now are overweight, and half of those kids are obese!

Just because there does not look like any light at the end of the tunnel does not mean you have to give up hope. Your child is depending on you to guide them in the right direction. What will their lives be like in 10 years if they are left to their own devices about eating and exercise? Although it is great for children to learn how to make their own decisions, the consequences later on in life could be disastrous.

Here are 7 Healthy Child Obesity Solution Ti

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How to Avoid Child Obesity

Children of any age do not feed themselves; they don’t go to the supermarket and buy their food. They do not decide on the weekly menu. They do not buy sodas or artificial snacks; they eat what you, as a parent, give them to eat. We all know that school meals lack a lot in nutrition and are abundant on grease and carbohydrates. As parents we also know that many times it has been easier to buy fast food on the way home after a tough day than it is to cook something nutritious and healthy. We are responsible for our children’s wellbeing; it is our hands to prevent our child from becoming a diabetic at an early age.

There are things you can do before it is too late, now is the time to do them. There isn’t much you can do about the school menu, but you can speak with the person in charge of the cafeteria to keep your child away from the mashed potatoes and fried food. Ask this person to help you by giving your kid salad, fruit and food which has little or no fat

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Is Technology Causing Your Child’s Obesity?

My regular readers know I grew up in the 70’s and we did not have game-boys and DS’s, let alone iPhones, Wii’s or X-Box gaming systems. We played outside and did whatever we could to play for “five more minutes” when mom called us in for supper.

We must ask ourselves, in today’s society, are video games making kids fat? Let’s explore this topic.

There are three types of kids:

1. Those focused on sports and not really interested in video gaming.

2. Those focused on sports who spend some of their downtime gaming.

3. Those without an interest in sports who spend all of their free time gaming, to the point where they don’t do anything else.

To clarify, by the term “sports” we are including traditional non-required sports (baseball, football, volleyball, soccer, etc), cheer, dance, gymnastics, swimming, cycling, running, weight lifting and any other team or solo program that provides exe

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