Fat 2 Fit Show #23 – Childhood Obesity

Written on March 15, 2008 – 12:06 am | by Russ Turley

Obese ChildChildhood obesity is quickly becoming an international problem. Speculation on the causes for the widening of our children’s waists are numerous. Does the responsibility of a child’s weight rest solely on the shoulders of the parent? At what age should a child take responsibility for their health?

We start the discussion by talking about some startling statistics. Type 2 Diabetes is now becoming common in children when it used to only be an adult disease. As well, for the first time children now have a shorter life expectancy than their parents – which is directly linked to our sedentary lifestyles and poor eating. Even the advances in medicine cannot overcome this.

We continue with the causes of childhood obesity, how to know if your child is overweight, how to bring up the subject with your child, how you can help them achieve their weight loss goals, and how you can hopefully prevent it in the first place. We also read some listener feedback from our support group at www.fat2fitsupport.com. In preparation for this show, we asked our listeners for some ideas and they responded. Make sure you check out the support group to read all of the feedback and suggestions.

In our news section, Russ had an article about 7 habits of overweight people, and Jeff had an article that listed 7 habits of a successful routine.

Links mentioned in the show:

Bodies The Exhibition
7 Bad Habits of Overweight People
7 Good Habits of a Successful Workout Routine
Briefing: The childhood obesity epidemic
Weight loss program for kids, BMI Calculator
Obesity in children. How to help your obese child
100 Small Steps
Who’s to blame for Childhood Obesity?
BMI charts for boys
BMI Charts for girls
Watch out for the Munchies

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Rice Crust Pizza (Download the recipe below)

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