Childhood obesity is a growing problem in this country. Childhood obesity hits around elementary school age and continues through high school. It is thought that childhood obesity is due to learning unhealthy eating habits at an early age, along with living in a low income home. Researchers in Massachusetts decided to turn things around for low income families in two small Massachusetts towns. The researchers focused on changing the behavior that led to obesity. For example, it is a well known fact that kids are attracted to all those unhealthy snacks, that line the supermarket shelves. Researchers decided to focus on teaching kids healthy food alternatives and more in their war against childhood obesity.
Physical Activity & Healthy Eating
Certainly, it just makes good common sense that eating sensibly and getting the proper amount of exercise, leads to weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle. The fact is that the average kid spends a tremendous amount of time in front of the television, computer, or playing games on a game system. Therefore, it should not be surprising that getting the kids up and moving should lead to weight loss. The study definitely demonstrated that changing bad habits worked. Certainly, this is good news for the kids in this country. However, the CDC or Center For Disease Control noted that we have a long way to go. One out of every five kids in this country is considered obese. This is a frightening statistic. Kids with obesity problems develop a number of health concerns later on.