There is a lot of talk these days about childhood obesity and why it seems that today’s children are more overweight than the previous generations. There are a lot of factors that play into why this may be the reason and I’m sure some of them you may have heard from the media.
The fact of the matter is we live in a different time and nothing remains to be stagnant. The priorities of families have changed and how we spend our time has changed as well. We don’t look at time the same way we used and money as well. With this in mind it reflects the appearance on our bodies.
Everyone knows that eating at McDonald’s could be the cause of childhood obesity, and it’s simple to say that’s the problem. But there is so much more to it than just that. What I see as a major contributor to obesity in children and adults is “lack of time”. Today people are so busy and they just aren’t taking the “time” that’s needed to prepare a healthy dinner. We are all on the run and it’s so easy to just pick-up a cheeseburger at the local McDonald’s. Besides you must think maybe that’s what my child really wants Well, yes and no. Of course your child wants some French fries but is it good for them? No. A French fry here or there will not hurt but a regular diet of McDonald’s will hurt.
The United State takes less time in enjoying the occasion, it’s just so quick and easy to eat and go.
Another factor that is causing obesity is the quality of food in our school systems. Canned this and that with sugar in it, canned veggies, fried chicken nuggets, soda machines in the hallway. All of this stuff almost seems normal. No, it’s not acceptable to have soda in school and junk food. Pizza day on Friday, seems like pizza day everyday. Fresh fruits and veggies should be the choice and the healthy alternative.
The third reason for obesity is the lack of physical exercise. In the last decade children have increased the amount of time they online and watching TV. They have reduced the time spent burning calories. So even if you eat a chicken nugget you have just avoided the ability to burn off the calories. Fresh air and exercise are important every day for adults and children as well.
So the next time you wish to have that cheeseburger, think about having an apple with some peanut butter dip. Get out every day for some exercise which gives you the opportunity to burn off calories.
The “Daycare Diva”, Christine G. Groth, is the creator of “The Guide to Instant Daycare Profits”. To learn more about this step-by-step program and to sign-up for her FREE “How to Start a Daycare” tips and articles, visit http://www.ExpertsAtDaycare.com