Friday, May 1, 2009

Childhood Obesity

Data from NHANES surveys (1976–1980 and 2003–2006) show that the prevalence of obesity has increased: for children aged 2–5 years, prevalence increased from 5.0% to 12.4%; for those aged 6–11 years, prevalence increased from 6.5% to 17.0%; and for those aged 12–19 years, prevalence increased from 5.0% to 17.6%. Studies also found that approximately 80% of children who were overweight at age 10–15 years were obese adults at age 25 years; and, that if overweight begins before 8 years of age, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe.

So I ask you… what are we doing to our children. Between the bad food and portion sizes that we feed them, and the decreased fitness level we see at home, we are at danger of seeing our children have more obesity related complications (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes) then we did when we were their age. Yes, once thought as an adult obesity related condition, more obese children are now being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

I use to remember my mother always telling me, “go outside and play!” It didn’t matter where I went, or what I did, so long as I was outside playing and “getting my exercise”. Now a days, we fear about having our children outside alone, because we have no control over what might happen to them. It is this type of fear that keep our children indoors… and what do they do when they are indoors? Sit in front of the TV, play video games, snack on bad food, do absolutely nothing.

We need to teach our children about eating good foods. We need to get out and play with our children. I know they can be picky eaters, or you may not have time to play with them; but, if you value your childs health, you need to do something about it NOW.

You know what? Beachbody can help. We have several affordable programs that are fun for children of all ages, and they can be done in the safety of your own home.

Tony and the Kids - age 5 to 12 (and parents who act like kids!).
Tony Horton, a "big kid" himself, will motivate and lead your little kids through an array of fun and simple routines that anyone can do. They will love every stretch, hop, jump, kick, and twist as they laugh their way through such routines as: The Wild Horsey Ride, The Tony Shuffle, Wacky Jacks, Ride the Wave, and many more! After they experience the benefits of balance, coordination, and flexibility, a special "chat with Tony" will teach them the advantages of eating right, staying active, and making healthy choices.

Shaun T’s Get Fit Kids Club – ages 7+
It's all about sweat, strength, and FUN with mad awesome dance moves that keep you healthy and energized! It doesn't matter what your size or shape is—or even if you can't dance. Shaun T will teach you cool, new steps with rad music so you'll be rockin' out in no time! These workouts are so much fun, you won't even feel like they're exercise! Plus get snack tips, a label-reading guide, and a FREE cool wall poster!

Get Real with Shaun T – young teens
Two HEALTHY and ENERGIZING routines focus on cardio and strength training to burn calories and build muscles; help you sculpt a lean, healthy body; and give you the energy you need to juggle family, friends, school, and all the other stuff that you've got going on. Plus you get a FREE motivational calendar and snack guide!

A fit kid is a healthy and happy kid. If you need help getting started, just let me know.