Childhood Obesity

Children playing video games

LET’S GET THEM MOVING!

 Childhood Obesity has become a major problem, not just in the UK but around the world. I have read that if this trend continues then our children today could be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. An article in the Guardian newspaper stated that the obesity among children starting their first year of Primary School has risen for the second year in a row. It also states that one-fifth of year 6 children (aged 10-11) are obese, that’s 100 out of 500 children, that is shocking.

There are many contributing factors for this, including, Poor dietary habits (So many fast food places around), not near enough physical exercise. I remember when I was young that I was always very active, playing football for a team or with my mates, and I would not go in until I was literally burnt out. 

I would do both a morning and evening paper round and then take my auntie’s dog out for a long walk each day for some pocket money. I would walk or ride my bike everywhere, as a family this is what we all did as my parents didn’t even own a car until I was 16. I knew that if I wanted to see if a friend wanted to come out and play football or go for a ride on our bikes, then I would first have to walk or cycle to their house to see if they were in, if they weren’t then it was onto another friends house.

It’s just all to easy now as technology has made us lazy, everything is just at the touch of a button and so easily accessible. Not just children, but adults too are often just sitting around playing video games or are on social media. I’m not against these things at all as we have these gadgets in our own home, and they are great fun, the key is, to not let it take over you and your family’s life, making sure that you stay active and in control of your health as best you can.

signed by Keith