By Chelsea W
Why is obesity in children still such an issue? It’s not like we haven’t addressed it as an issue before.
Child obesity is a highly addressed, highly discussed subject and yet, is still a growing issue. Telling a child they need to exercise more is not going to be enough when friends, schools, and parents are all encouraging unhealthy behavior, whether they know it or not.
The Heart and Stroke foundation suggests one hour a day or more of physical activity, no more than two hours of monitor time(tv/computer time) a day, and to minimize the daily sitting time. When you take into consideration a typical school day you find that your child is sitting for an average of four and a half hours a day.
A child could spend multiple hours at school on a computer doing work, and come home to spend another hour or two sitting down doing home work. Plus two hours of tv time and a hour split for lunch and supper, you are up to nine and a half hours of sitting.
However, many children spend much more than two hours on a monitor a day between tv shows, video games, movies, and computer games. The fact is, one gym class a day isn’t enough to keep kids fit.
Not every kid enjoys being told to go out and play, or go to the gym with their parents, or even play hockey. I know I sure didn’t. Why not find something they do like such as dance, horseback riding, swimming, karate, self defense, or gymnastics. Continue reading