The Big O – Part II

This is called the Big O part two because I previously wrote a post about the growing problem of obesity in the US- including among our children. Now the recent headlines are about young girls reaching puberty as early as 7 or 8 years old. Like ‘normal’ age onset, early puberty brings forth a surge of hormones. The result of Choices matterthese hormones is an early interest in and sexual activity.

In addition to this horrible thought, early onset puberty has additional risks including increase rates of breast cancer as well a confusing self image issues among an age group already confused about what a good or normal self image is.. There is nothing good about this trend. As doctors and scientists look for a specific cause, the thought right now is that this is a byproduct, a symptom of childhood obesity.

In my first ‘Big O’ post I introduced First Lady Michelle Obama’s program called, “Let’s Move” that provides information and support to help get the entire population up and moving, exercising and getting healthy. This site also offers healthy recipes from some of today’s top chefs.

The Food Network site also has a section about healthy eating. Eating Well also has a section for healthy kid recipes. There is so much about body measurements to determine health and obesity including BMI, waist to hips ratio and now neck measurements. When it comes to this- if you are concerned take your child to his or her pediatrician and be willing to have a frank and honest discussion. You are the parent.

In rare circumstances there is an underlying disease. In most cases it’s about consuming fewer calories than you burn in a day- or burn more calories than you take in. Its why get up and move and healthy nutrition are key. Get help, talk to grandparents. Join forces with other parents.

Really- puberty and sexual activity at seven due to obesity? Diabetes, unpopular, greater risk of cancer? Step up now for our kids.

PS Don’t forget to lead by example.

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About the Author

Jim is a transportation safety expert with more than 40 years in both the emergency medical services and the school bus industries. Jim is a former member of the PedSafe Expert team and is proud to have been one of the original contributors to PediatricSafety.net more than 13 years ago.

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2 Responses to “The Big O – Part II”

  1. Thank you for this very interesting information. Exercise is key to our children’s health. Exerising together is the best way to show children how to have fun together while being fit.

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