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"Overweight among children and teens has doubled in the past
decades; 15% of children aged 6 to 11 years and 15% of adolescents aged
12 to 19 years were overweight in 2000. This prevalence has nearly
tripled for adolescents in the past 2 decades. The percentage of
overweight African American, Hispanic, and Native American children is
(The President's Council, April 2005)
Children all over the globe are leading sedentary lifestyles.
Reports out of The President's Council on Physical Fitness &
Sports have stated that 40% of all 5-8 year olds suffer from at least
one risk factor for heart disease (physical inactivity, obesity, high
cholesterol, high blood pressure). The children's obesity epidemic
prevalent in our society is a reality. Numerous resources are stating
that children watch an average of 2-4 hours of television a night while
they exercise less and less.
The key to reducing childhood obesity is the parents. Parents
need to monitor what their children do and eat every day. Taking a
'laxed' attitude can prove to be very dangerous. Children must be
educated on how to eat properly, exercise daily, play less video games,
and watch less TV.