Posted August 30, 2012
Recognizing National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, September
Many kids in America spend an average of seven hours each day sitting – watching television, listening to music, playing games or participating in learning activities on the computer and other hand-held devices, reports the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN).
During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, parents are encouraged to have kids turn off their screen devices and get engaged in physical activities at least five times weekly. Here are five important facts:
- More than 23 million children and teenagers ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight
- Childhood obesity has tripled since 1980
- Children who are obese as early as age 2 more likely are to be overweight as adults
- Approximately 70 percent of obese kids have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease
- If kids continue to spend more time sitting and playing on electronic media vs. participating in physical activities, FCFSN reports that one-third of all children born in 2000 will be at higher risk of experiencing Type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related health issues, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer or asthma during their lifetime
To learn more tips about improving kids’ physical fitness and developing healthy eating habits, visit The Alliance for a Healthier Generation.