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Childhood Obesity & Physical Fitness

Childhood obesity has become a really BIG problem. In the U.S., about 32% of kids are either overweight or obese. So, why's it so bad to be obese? Well lots of kids who struggle with their weight feel depressed or have a low sense of self-esteem. They may also have some serious problems with their health, including diabetes, bone and joint problems, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Also, kids who are obese have a bigger chance of becoming obese adults, putting them at risk for more health problems later on in life.

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Stay Fit & Eat Right

You need to make your health and physical fitness an important part of your life when you're a kid in order to make sure that you keep your weight at a healthy level. That's why your parents, teachers, school councillors and even your fave websites - like Kidzworld - are always saying how important it is to make healthy choices! One thing you can do is work with your mom, dad, doctor and teachers to choose healthy foods and nutritious meals that aren’t high in fat or sugar.

Also, if you can involve or include your family in helping to keep your weight healthy and normal, that's great! Try spending time as a family doing physical activities - at least 90 minutes a day - like walking, playing outside and swimming.

Are You Overweight or Obese?

If you’re worried about your weight, ask your mom or dad to make you an appointment with your doctor, who will be able to tell you more about your weight and how to make sure you are as healthy as possible for height and age.

Kidzworld on Obesity

Kidzworld's got tons of great articles on obesity, being overweight and staying physically active and fit:

 

Want more info about obesity? Visit www.healthchoices.ca.

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jordand08
jordand08 posted in Friends:
Next time she tells you, see if you can find any evidence that she did, bruise etc.  even if you find nothing that doesn't mean she hasn't. But she or you should tell an adult, or someone you can trust that is older. 
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drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
"RavenClawRaina" wrote:Here for the past year, i have been having bad memory problems and rlly bad grades cuz i can never focus. I looked up my symptoms and showed my mom that I might have APD ( auditory processing disorder ). She said we will get it looked into but still hasnt becuz we have had my brothers friend move in with us becuz his adoptive dad beat him and its been putting stress on my mom and she doesnt want to deal with it. I need help in school but no matter how the teachers word things i cant get it. How do I make my mom listen to me and take me to the doctor? Its been getting worst too. I have had problems remembering what we did the day before is certain classes. HELP ME!  At first, I thought it sounded like ADD, but it wouldn't effect your memory like it is. If not, catch your mom while she's not rushing around. Maybe before she goes to bed or while she's making dinner. Maybe even while she's sitting down or send her a text for her to see when she can. I wish the best of luck with the stress! It most likely doesn't help with the APD; stress can add to just about any condition!
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drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
"iiDeadxInside" wrote:I refused to talk to anyone else besides my friends, and my family. I would advise you to try and reach out to other authorities than friends and family. They'll be able to do more.
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RavenClawRaina
Here for the past year, i have been having bad memory problems and rlly bad grades cuz i can never focus. I looked up my symptoms and showed my mom that I might have APD ( auditory processing disorder ). She said we will get it looked into but still hasnt becuz we have had my brothers friend move in with us becuz his adoptive dad beat him and its been putting stress on my mom and she doesnt want to deal with it. I need help in school but no matter how the teachers word things i cant get it. How do I make my mom listen to me and take me to the doctor? Its been getting worst too. I have had problems remembering what we did the day before is certain classes. HELP ME! 
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iiDeadxInside
I refused to talk to anyone else besides my friends, and my family.
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