Childhood obesity is a major challenge in our country. The Centers for Disease Control reports that around 12.7 million children between the ages of 2 and 19 were affected by obesity over the past decade.
The issue has grown over the past few decades, leading to some serious health problems for both children and adults.
Childhood obesity is a growing problem in our country Rates for the issue have more than doubled since 1980, and one in three children are now either overweight or obese.
Fortunately, childhood obesity can be prevented and you can help raise awareness about how to make a difference for today’s youth. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, so we’ve compiled some ways that you can help spread the word and encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle.
Sleep is good. Not only does it keep you refreshed, it can also help you stay healthy.
Not sleeping enough can lead to a lack in judgment, a poor mood, and even various health issues like obesity and diabetes. High quality, uninterrupted sleep is especially important for children as they continue to develop, but technology can make it harder for kids to get a proper good night’s rest.
It is now known that we have a nationwide epidemic among all age groups: Vitamin D deficiency.
Studies over the last 10 years have conclusively shown that large populations of individuals in the United States do not receive enough Vitamin D
The statistics are sobering: Vitamin D deficiency has associations with:
- Juvenile Onset Diabetes
- Immune dysfunction, such as your ability to fight the flu or your response to infections
- Rickets, a bone softening disease in children
- Stress fractures in adolescents
- Heart attacks
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cancers in adults