childhood-obesityObesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s triple the rate from just one generation ago.

A New Jersey Childhood Obesity Study found 40 percent of Vineland children between ages 6 and 11 are overweight, compared to 21 percent nationally.

Almost 90 percent of children aren’t eating enough vegetables. Majority of the children aren’t physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. This unhealthy reality has long-term consequences, too.

As weight increases so do the risks for coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon), hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems and gynecological problems.

And the medical costs associated with obesity are staggering. According to the CDC, they totaled about $147 billion in 2008.

Although a variety of factors play a role in obesity — behavior, environment and genetic — that make it a complex health issue to address, doing nothing isn’t an option.

It is important that the parent-teacher associations should get involved in battling childhood obesity and establishing walking clubs in the schools. Developing healthy products for schools using produce and goods from local farms is equally pertinent. Common discussions with the community members and storeowners about healthy food options. should now gain more focus.

Everyone should attempt on improving the safety and availability of recreation for young people, such as reducing the speed of cars and increasing the number of sidewalks so pedestrians feel safer to walk and get exercise. Creating bikeways and walkways downtown and occasionally closing parts of city to traffic to allow children to play without danger.

The  basic aim should be focused on to reduce childhood obesity as fast as possible and this would help create a healthier and brighter future for everyone.

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