Global Obesity in Children

In America, we are in the midst of our holiday eating seasons.  It starts with Thanksgiving, goes through Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanza and culminates on New Year’s.  To say that we are in the middle of an globally obesity crisis is not an understatement.  And adults are not the only ones affected.  Go into any school in the world and you will see obese children.  Researchers can find many causes such as the lack of exercise, sitting in front of television or computers.  What is happening is that there is an increase in diseases which are linked to obesity.  In the past 10 years, the number of type 2 diabetics has almost doubled.  Overall, there are an estimated 24 million people with diabetes in America.  That includes one in four who don’t even know they have the disease.

Most of us do not even think about the implications of what we do.  To burn off one plain M&M candy, a person will have to walk the full length of a football field.

Walking a mile is approximately 2,000 steps.  On average, one minute of walking will extend a person’s life by about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.  Walking an extra 29 minutes a day will burn off 7 pounds of body fat each year.

Adults who over eat frequently are children who overate.  Teaching students good nutrition should not only take place in health classes but all over the school.