Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Helps Tackle Childhood Obesity
Home-cooked meals and impromptu baseball games seem to be things of the past, replaced with pre-packaged foods and hundreds of television stations. Georgians rely more and more on quick-fix foods and effortless entertainment. These sedentary habits are formed at earlier ages than ever before, taking an especially harsh toll on the waistlines of children.
Over the past 15 years, obesity increased by more than 100 percent among children and adolescents, resulting in the more than 5 million children who are currently overweight or obese. Since 35 percent of overweight children have overweight parents, these children simply follow their parents’ example of poor nutrition and exercise habits. These poor habits can contribute to adult obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes. In fact, recent projections from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that one in three children born in 2000 will become diabetic unless they become more physically active and make permanent changes to their eating habits.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta encourages families to adopt healthier lifestyles. Below are a few ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle for you and your family:
- Serve fewer fast food meals
- Choose water over sugary beverages
- Offer fruits and vegetables at each meal
- Spend one less hour per day in front of the television and/or computer
- Make the time to take a walk or play a simple ball game with your children at least 3 times a week
About Tips Provider:
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the leading pediatric healthcare systems in the country, is pleased to offer summer tips for parents and their children. Children’s experts are also available for interviews pertaining to these topics, as well as additional pediatric health care issues. Please contact Children’s 24-hour, 7-day-a-week media pager at 404-570-9717 to reach a public relations representative immediately.