Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. These include;
There are also psychological effects: Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression.Excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood.
Now I am not here to pass the blame or argue what brought on this rise in obesity. The real question is, what are we going to do about it? Do we sweep it under the rug, or do we take a stand and provide a better life for our children.
While it is always preferable to introduce your child to exercise through play and outdoor activities. Weight training can provide an equally beneficial alternative. Children who engaged in weight training, increased muscular strength, lean body mass, and had overall better self-esteem than their sedentary counterparts.
children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate
Exercise may be the most important thing that we teach our children. Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate. Take your children with you next time you work out, many gyms have policies about children under fourteen being unsupervised, however that rule does not apply to children who work with personal trainers.
Exercise can help your child by: