Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"eat food, not too much, mostly plants"

Childhood obesity has become more than a major problem in the U.S. Over the last 25 years the total amount of energy consumed has increased along with the prevalence of obesity. More than TWICE as many children are over weight than in 1908. Wow, that is not ok. Not only are these poor children affected health wise but also socially and psychologically. They are less likely to be accepted by their peers and are ridiculed more often. How sad! Something that seems so preventable has become an outrageous issue for this country we live in. Thankfully, Michelle Obama launched a campaign in 2010 called ‘Lets Move’ that is trying to fix the problems that are causing childhood obesity. Their goal is to get healthier foods into schools and also make food more affordable for families. IS their any hope for future children? I sure hope so, all it takes is a little at home cooking and buying local produce, right? Staying away from processed ("edible like substances" ,Pollan) foods and sodas can make a HUGE difference in a child's life, not to mention set a good example for their later years. Children learn by example, meaning their eating patterns, attitudes and eating styles of parents are heavily influence what they learn to eat. So, when a parent drinks milk, chooses whole grains and eats plenty of fruits and veggies it is more likely the child will follow their lead. Help children establish healthy patterns, it is a serious issue with an 'easy fix'. So, come on ya'll, LET'S MOVE!!! ;)

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