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.
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:
- Virtual Exercise World Record
- Health, Play & Nutrition
- Do You Feel Overweight?
- Quiz the Coach: Obesity & Asthma
- Overview of Obesity
- Dear Dish-It: Sometimes I Wish I Wasn't Me
- The Unhealthy Fight Against Fat
- Quiz the Coach: I'm Overweight
- Quiz the Coach: BMI Blues
Want more info about obesity? Visit www.healthchoices.ca.