Despite drops in drug, alcohol and tobacco use, lower teen birth rates and lower rates of juvenile crime, the overall well-being of young people is barely better than it was nearly 30 years ago.

Childhood obesity is a big factor, according to a report recently released.
Childhood obesity, has more than tripled from 1975 to 2004. The rate of childhood obesity rose from just more than 5% to a projected 16.7%.

Obvious causes include:

  • Lack of regular exercise
  • High frequency of television viewing and computer usage
  • Low family incomes and non-working parents
  • Over-consumption of high-calorie foods. Many kids are eating junk food while watching TV or playing video games.

Parents need to get tough and turn off the TV and limit computer usage. Demand that the kids play outside and encourage youth sports. Fast foods and junk foods need to be eliminated, and better eating habits, for the entire family need to be cultivated.

Overweight kids become overweight adults-and we know all to well what happens to them!