The “Big O”

Got your attention. Sorry to disappoint but the ‘Big O’ here is obesity. This past week the Whitehouse and Mrs. Michelle Obama formally announced the ‘War On Childhood Obesity’ when they announced the “Let’s Move” program. According to Mrs. Obama, “These words – ‘overweight’ and ‘obese’ – they don’t tell the full story. This isn’t just about inches and pounds or how our kids look. It’s about how our kids feel, and how they feel about themselves. It’s about the impact we’re seeing on every aspect of their lives.”

michelle-obamaOne of the impacts of this problem is that for the first time in many generations, children born today may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents and a main reason for this is childhood obesity. Like any other overweight person, an obese child is subject to the same risks for hypertension, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. If you are concerned about your child- don’t know if their weight is appropriate or if your child is at risk- a great place to start is with your pediatrician.

There are many things that may be done to help. Two important ones are knowing what your child eats and movement or exercise. Fast food, processed food and school cafeteria food are known problem areas. So is the X-Box, WII generation who sits in front of a TV or computer or gaming system rather that getting up and moving around. Help your child eat healthy and encourage them to get outside and move, play and enjoy life.

Thank you Mrs. O for your dedication and leadership to our children and our future.

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5 Responses to “The “Big O””

  1. I am 100% behind Mrs. Obama and her initiative on children’s health. A friend told me recently that a recent study in Kansas City showed that if kids had 45 minutes of heart-rate-raising exercise a day it cut disruptive behavior in school by 60%! There are so many reasons to have kids active and eating well. In addition to personal health and the broader implications to our society and economy of having a healthy and self-assured population, I strongly believe that activities like swimming accomplish all these goals plus keeping kids safe. If drowning could lose it’s position as the second leading cause of death in children under 14 as a result of this initiative I’d be thrilled!
    .-= Rebecca Wear Robinson´s last blog ..Schools that teach life lessons =-.

  2. We all know that kids model their parents. The best way to teach kids that exercise is fun is to make it a regular fun family activity. I created Exercise Rhymes(R) fitness flashcards as a way for parents and teachers to have fun exercising with kids 3-7 years. Exercise Rhymes combine rhyming with physical exercise that can be done in short bursts almost anywhere to benefit both kids and adults (

    See the previous Pediatric Safety post on Exercise Rhymes:

  3. 38traci says:

    I’m so glad that our First Lady is taking the lead on such an important issue! My kids love to “exercise”. I put it in quotes because they say it with such glee. We do a Yoga for kids DVD (actually a good workout for me, as well!) and walk/bike the local school track. I think they are my best inspiration for getting out and exercising.

  4. Suzanne Hantke says:

    As a hyperactive child, I had always been able to eat what, when, and how much I wanted. Well, as an adult, shortly after my EMS career had to abruptly end due to an injury (not EMS related), and because I was getting older, I was no longer very active, and my metabolism came to a stand-still. But my eating habits had not changed… because I never any “good” eating habits to begin with. I became extremely overweight, which depressed me, so I ate to soothe my depression…which added more weight…etc. A well-meaning doctor, I guess in trying to be “politically correct” wrote in a report, “a thirty year old well nourished female….” Well nourished? Was I eating ANYTHING nourishing?
    I reached a point of not being able to stand it!! At 5 feet tall and over 200lbs, I was checking into bariatric (stomach stapling) surgery. My Mom convinced me to try Weight Watchers. I put my all into it, and as I saw results, I was encouraged even more! I consider myself the epitome of their commercials when they say, “it isn’t a diet, it is a way of life” They actually taught me good eating habits for the first time in my life. I learned an entirely new concept… MODERATION!!
    I now work with dogs; I train them and board them, so I am constantly on the move. And I do not think of it as exercise because I am having a great time! As I was reading everyone else’s comments about making exercise fun, I had to laugh in remembering how my sister and I, (after “lights out” when we were supposed to be sleeping) had relay races back and forth throughout the room! The object: to not make a sound as we ran (lest we get caught) and she was great at making up games outside where I had to do relays through the swing set! I do not see the games of “Red Rover” and “Spud” and “Freeze-Tag” The only body-part I seem to see “exercising” on some kids nowadays are the hands, in texting, playing electronic games and channel surfing.
    Last thing I will add here is how kids can be cruel to each other at times. In allowing kids to be overweight, I believe we are just adding ammunition for others to tease and ostracize them. I think social skills and “fitting in” are hard enough without adding more “weight” (yes…Pun intended) to the problem.


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