The Daily Grind Video

The issue of childhood obesity has gained much attention over the past few years. All across America young people are being urged to eat better and get active in an effort to reverse the staggering statistics that rank America’s children as the fattest in the world. The issue has become such an important one that First Lady Michelle Obama recently launched Let’s Move, an initiative aimed at eliminating the problem of childhood obesity in a generation.     

Why is childhood obesity suddenly so high on everyone’s radar? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overweight and obesity contribute to a number of health problems including heart disease, asthma, sleep apnea, and diabetes. These diseases are just as dangerous for overweight and obese children and teens as they are for adults battling weight problems. With one in three kids being overweight or obese and $150 billion being spent every year to treat obesity-related illnesses, it is clear why the First Lady and medical professionals around the country are anxious to tackle this problem.

Last summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced steps communities can take to prevent obesity. Among the ideas:

-Put schools within easy walking distance of residential areas.
-Improve access to outdoor recreational facilities.
-Require physical education in schools.
-Enhance traffic safety in areas where people could be physically active.
-Enhance infrastructure supporting walking and biking.
-Discourage consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks.
-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also have tips for parents on how to encourage healthy eating habits at home: 

-Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products.
-Include low-fat or non-fat milk or dairy products.
-Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils, and beans for protein.
-Serve reasonably-sized portions.
-Encourage your family to drink lots of water.
-Limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
-Limit consumption of sugar and saturated fat.

-IQue | follow me @iquegtt

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