Childhood Obesity


Childhood Obesity is a huge problem in this country.

“Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.” (Source)

I realize that they must teach the school kids about childhood obesity but what happens when it affects a child who isn’t obese?

Chickie is far from obese but she really listens to what they tell her about nutrition and exercise.  The only problem is she really takes it to heart.  She makes comments about her thighs and her butt.  She is only 11 years old. 

I understand that they must address the issue so the kids that are obese will hopefully listen and change their habits but what about the kids that are already skinny?  I am concerned that the skinny children, like Chickie, will end up with eating disorders.  How do we fight that? 

I take the time to talk with her and explain to her that no, she doesn’t have big thighs or a big butt and yes it is okay to eat.  She has cut down on what she eats plus she eats really, really slow.  I asked her one day why and she said they told her to eat slow because it takes your brain 20 minutes after you start eating to know when you get full. 

I have talked to her about eating healthy, exercising and enjoying life and not worrying about being obese because she is far from it.  She still has it in her mind though that she will be fat. 

As a mother this concerns me.  I don’t want her to have an eating disorder because I think that is just as bad as being obese but are they pushing the limit on childhood obesity with the kids that don’t have to worry about it?  What needs to be changed and how should it be addressed better?

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