One of the biggest health threats facing society today is obesity. Scary as that is, childhood obesity has also been on the rise, which is even scarier. Not only are today’s adults getting bigger and less healthy, so isn’t our future generations. That’s not good. How do we change it? I have a couple ideas.
There are a lot of reasons why this has become a problem in the first place. Whether it’s political, societal, socioeconomics, or whatever, I don’t really want to get into all of that right now. My biggest theory is simple: it’s the gross lack of physical activity of kids today. Plain and simple, kids everywhere do not move and play as much as they once did in past generations. I’m not THAT old, but my brother and I used to be outside all the time. Skinned knees, skinned elbows, bumps, bruises, scrapes, bee stings, bug bites, eating dirt, black eyes were plentiful and a regular occurrence. Now we live in a time where people are afraid of their kids getting hurt, which puts some limits on the child. The best way for a kid to grow, cultivate a sense of self, develop creativity, and, for lack of a better term, “toughen up”, is to be active, be outside, play, explore, get dirty…and frankly be a KID. Instead, they sit at school all day, often times in front of a computer screen, and get limited time to move and be active due to scheduling constraints or the removal of certain programs/classes like gym and phys. ed. Often times, this can happen at home as well. TV’s, video games, iPad’s, iPhone’s, iThis, iThat are accessible. All this crap that’s turning kids into little zombies sitting on their asses with their faces buried into some sort of electronic device, and probably snacking on something while they do it, is making them pack on the pounds.