Iron Buddy Anne Boone sends this along today. Anne races Ironman in the 60-64 age category 🙂
According to the 2007-2008 NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago. America’s obese children are at an alarmingly heightened risk for elevated blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and becoming obese adults. (Dad note: another 17% are deemed to be overweight…that’s fully 1 out of 3 kids either overweight or obese…ouch)
More about the “The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Threats and Opportunities”
Michelle Obama is very focused on obesity and children: http://www.letsmove.gov/ … more yucky statistics:
…the average American child spends more than 7.5 hours a day watching TV and movies, using cell phones and computers for entertainment, and playing video games, and only a third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.
In Charleston, one of my Yoga Buddies was ‘Louie’…he has an organization, Louie’s Kids, devoted to fighting childhood obesity ‘One Child at a Time’…for more info: