Childhood Obesity

There is no controversy over the fact that childhood obesity is a huge problem in the United States.  More than enough data and research has been done to prove that 1 in 5 American children will be obese by 2020 if the current trends continue.  These are the facts, but what can we do to change things?  There are many possible actions but it all starts at the home level.  We can be more successful as parents by leading by example.  For instance, making my girls watch “Forks Over Knives” and “Hungry For Change” was a real battle;  they did however get some subliminal messages from watching those two documentaries.  I noticed they replaced the traditional peanut butter cracker after school snack with fruit.  They get more messages from me as they see me painfully wean my diet mtn dew consumption.  Changing a lifestyle and years of bad habits isn’t easy.  My theory is that if I change myself gradually, they will also.  Research shows that replacing sugar-sweetened beverages in schools could reduce obesity by 12 kcal/day, as long as children didn’t consume any extra sugary drinks outside of school.   So that is my call to action, I have to eliminate the sugar at home first.   There aren’t any distinct answers in how to change the diet of the country and healthcare on average.  But, it starts with us!  Let’s do this Marines.  Let’s work to educate ourselves on whole foods and nutrition.  Lead by example.

T. Colin Campbell does a nice 18min presentation that you can watch here:

Reference:  Wang YC, et al “Reaching the Healthy People goals for reducing childhood obesity:  closing the energy gap”  A, K Prev Med 2012

For more info on T. Colin Campbell and Forks Over Knives visit:

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One Response to Childhood Obesity

  1. brian mccloskey

    I’ve taken a new approach to the whole eating/fueling discussion and in the process have been frankly shocked how misinformed the public at large is about food.
    However as someone responsible for 25 college aged women, I find it even more challenging to ‘re-educate’ and ‘re-train’ even those for whom you’d think ‘fueling’ is important and critical on a daily basis.
    As you note, most of these habits have been decades in forming and not so easy to dispose of.
    But at the core, I’m determined to rid/reduce sugar from my household and my student athletes lives.
    Your blog is another one that stimulates me in that regards,
    Brian McCloskey
    Head Women’s Ice Hockey Coach
    University of New Hampshire.


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