The people of my generation overlook the importance of physical activities in our youth's lives.
We don't not realize how much positive impact exercise can have on the body on a long term basis. We especially do not realize how early inactivity in children's lives can affect them as they get older. Because of this, obesity in children in the United States has been a growing issue for a long time.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "Obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 611 years in the United States who are obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. The percentage of adolescents aged 1219 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period."
This should raise eyebrows and bring up concerns in every community. We're living in a day and age where obesity at a young age is starting to become more common. What people don't understand is that kids' lives can be taken from this situation. Being overweight at a young age has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood.
More than 40 million children under the age of five were overweight in 2011. Obesity is the fifth leading risk factor for global deaths. It's a growing problem and can happen to anyone.
The best way to avoid this is to implement physical activity while raising young children. Not only will children be healthier, but studies have shown that individuals who are active are happier than people who aren't.
Sports are a good option but not the only one. You don't have to take a child to a football field every day for them to be physically active. Things like playing in a park and swimming in a pool can have substantial benefits on the body over staying dormant in a house.
If young people continue to stay lazy, the obesity rate in adults and children will continue to rise with the most terrible outcome being death.
Why wait? Why not start early and add physical activities to children's lives? Get them out, have them take walks, interact with other kids, rather than playing games inside. Let them join a team. There are many physical things a child can do that can keep their bodies healthy and prevent obesity from being a issue in their lives.
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