“Diabetes is increasing among U.S. children at an alarming rate, say researchers who report jumps of more than 20 percent since 2001 for type 2 disease, which is linked to excessive weight and sedentary lifestyles, and type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease.”
This fact moves along with the fact that there are a higher percentage of obese children and adults. Children do not buy their food or dictate their diet. Actually, in a way they do. If they don’t want to eat healthy nutritious food, they rebel and only eat the junk food. The parents don’t want the resulting conflict and buy the food that makes kids obese especially when eaten in large quantities.
This also goes along with ADHD and ADD, which many counselors say, is just rebellion and discipline. Where did the “Eat what’s on your plate or go hungry” slogan go? Of course, the problem is largely (pun intended) the fault of parents. Parents don’t eat well so kids don’t. Or put another way, kids eat what the parents eat.
Kids aren’t playing as much. They are sitting on the couch watching TV or behind the computer playing games. Parents are using these tools as babysitting techniques and the children are suffering for it. One problem, however, is that it’s often not safe for kids to roam the neighborhood or go to the park by themselves. When I was a child (here we go again with the old folks stories) I went everywhere in the small town we grew up in. We didn’t think that it might not be safe. Most of the time my mother didn’t know where I was. I walked, ran, and rode my bike everywhere.
Many schools are cutting the PE programs, after school sports, and other physical activity programs. Kids ride the buses home or their parents drive them home. Again, I walked in snow, rain, etc., yak yak. Kids can’t do that anymore due to safety issues.
Everyone has to do more to increase the physical activity of most children. Some schools use pedometers and have contests to get kids moving. Wii programs start kids moving, all at some cost. Parents need to get active. Go on hikes, walks, swim, do sports with their kids.
If the government should pay for a stimulus program for something, we need to put some resources into changing this statistic. Let’s see about getting obesity and diseases like diabetes on the decline, especially with the kids, even though the parents should lead the revolution to get kids to start the moving.