Tips for Fighting Childhood Obesity
It was different years ago. Kids came home from school, changed their clothes, and immediately went out to play. Sure, maybe they had a quick snack, but the average child could not wait for the school bell to ring and the doors to fly open because their treats were not centered on chips and sugary snacks, but on baseball, hopscotch, jump rope, softball, basketball, and running and playing with their friends. Did they eat ice cream and candy and potato chips? Of course they did, but it was not a daily habit.
“Treats should be treats, not something you have every day,” says Dr. Rena Aroesty, a pediatrician with Meriden Pediatric Associates. Dr. Aroesty is concerned with the growing number of obese children she sees in her practice.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in children and adolescents over the past 30 years.
The YMCA — a leading voice on improving health— wants families to understand the dangers of childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through increased physical activity and improved eating habits. The Y offers the following tips to incorporate more activity and healthier eating habits into your daily family routine: