A friend and I were talking about childhood obesity the other day & thinking about all of the things that have changed since we were growing up. Things that have definitely been contributing factors to the obesity rates in children rising so dramatically over the last 2 decades.
-We walked to school. (most of us)
-We had gym class.
-We rode our bikes everywhere. (To the community pool, where we stayed all day w/out checking in.)
-There weren't SO many fast food restaurants & eating out was a treat not something we did SEVERAL times a week.
-We didn't drink pop/soda.
-We sat down as a family for dinner.
-We didn't have video games/computers to monopolize our time. We played outside.
I'm sure you've seen lists like this. Makes you remember & appreciate what we had, but can we ever get back to days like these? It's sad to think that our children, despite some of the advantages they have that we didn't, are also burdened with things we weren't. Like childhood obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.
So what's the answer? How do we change the ever increasing obesity rate? How do we get it to decline instead of continuing to race towards 1/2 of all children being obese or overweight?