Childhood Obesity

October 4, 2013

Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is at record levels, with twice as many children and almost three times as many teens overweight today as were in 1980. This epidemic is leading to a broad range of health problems for children and teens that weren't previously seen until adulthood, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

It is important at home to encourage your student to adopt a physically active lifestyle. By doing this, your student will learn that being physically active isn't limited to playing in a gym or on the ball fields: it's about being active throughout the day to develop a healthy lifestyle.
The benefits of physical activity for students include:

• Better academic performance
• Higher self esteem
• Lower levels of anxiety, stress and depression
• Reduced risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes and other diseases
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Longer life expectancy

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