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Friday, June 30, 2006

Activity is a Key


It is sad that our nation has such a high percentage of children with obesity issues. Certainly the American diet is a big culprit, but inactivity is also to blame. Children seem glued to the TV, videos and movies almost continually. Society has changed so much since I was a child. Now we spend so much time creating entertainment for children that all they need to do is sit and be entertained. When I was young we had to make our own entertainment. Each day we looked for some new adventure in our little town. Children today are actually cheated by having so much entertainment available. They don't have to use their imagination or creativity to fill the hours. This is also a big problem with keeping children healthy. If they sit all day and eat they are going to have weight issues. It is difficult enough to control weight as an adult, but I am sad for the children who are beginning life obese. Are we ever going to be successful getting children active again?

4 Comments:

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see more publications and websites push movement!

 
At 9:23 PM, Blogger Army Wife said...

I insist my children are out of doors daily. I also think that a lot of behavior issues is misguided energy. Too much energy from too much sitting.

 
At 4:06 AM, Blogger Spider63 said...

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At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Sandra said...

I completely agree with John on this. I remember being outside from morning until night. We were practicially forced to come inside at bedtime. In addition, we were always fed with nutrition in mind. A trip to the local McDonalds was an event, not an everyday occurance like it is today.

 

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