The other day I was at a birthday party for my friend’s daughter. She’s an adorable, crazy first grader who never seems to run out of energy. This never ending reservoir of energy coupled with her incredible ability to come up with new games on the spot made for a long day for this old man.
We were having a blast until I saw something in the dining room that really irked me, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. There were 12 2 liter soda bottles, and seven 12 packs of soda cans. I have been noticing over the past few years that she has gained a little weight, but I never gave too much thought about why. I just assumed it was genetics (her parents are overweight), or just a phase in her life; I never considered the possibility that it could be the environment she is growing up in.
All you parents know better than me that kids pick up on a ton of things adults do, and please remember that eating habits are no exception. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, if one of a child’s parents are obese, the child has a 50% chance of being obese. If both of the child’s parents are obese, the child has an 80% chance of being obese. Obesity is mostly caused by poor eating habits, lack of exercise, overeating and stress, and can lead to heart disease, diabetes, poor sleep, high blood pressure and breathing problems.
I know you all want the best for your children, and it starts with you. It starts with your eating habits, and setting a good example of what healthy foods to eat, how much to eat, and how to exercise regularly.
We will be launching a course in October that will be 12 weeks of teaching about nutrition and habits and this is an excellent opportunity for those of you who want to learn more about how to be healthy for yourself and for your child. Please give us a call at 727-282-1800 to learn more about the course, or to schedule a free workout with us to see how we get results.