Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there is a significant decline in obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years. CDC Director Tom Frieden claims that many communities around the country are working with obesity prevention programs to reverse the obesity epidemic.
Though the study does not clearly define how and why, child care center have started to build emphasis on nutritional meals and promoting more physical activity and the CDC has also seen a definite decrease in the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Another possible factor could be that breastfeeding rates are on the rise to stave off obesity.
Michelle Obama, who has been fighting obesity for the last few years with Lets Move, is celebrating four years of moving the nation into a healthier direction. This includes everyday fitness and making better food choices.
However, CDC indicates that there has been no significant changes in obesity rates among older children, adolescents or adults. Still, a problem to be challenged.
Lets Move offers ideas for parents and caregivers to make a difference in their family life. Keeping fresh fruit as a snack, taking walks after dinner, turning off the TV and computer during family time, planning menus that include low fat foods, more vegetables and smaller portion sizes is several of the suggestions they post.
Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight. And 7.5 hours a day is currently used in front of media, TV, computers, video games and cell phones. And, once again, our attraction to some kind of screen can be dangerous to our health if we do not monitor electronic activities. Adults should be engaged in at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day also.
Weight also affects life insurance rates since obesity can lead to other health issues. If you plan on obtaining a life insurance policy, you do want to check with an agent concerning how your rates m ay be affected by your weight.