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Obesity And The Children Of The World
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Obesity And the Children Of the World

In Britain, the government is suggesting that even babies, non-walking babies at that, should be exercising every single day. The suggestion is saying that children who are up and walking should be active for at least three hours of every day- a number that they should be hitting easily with active play time, but sadly are not. The suggestion included tips like reducing television time as well as time the child spent in a stroller being pushed by a parent or caregiver.

Non-walkers, including babies who are only a few weeks old should also be exercising every day, given time on their tummies to strengthen neck muscles and to encourage development.

One quarter of the adults in Britain are listed as obese with experts expecting the number to climb to 90% by the year 2050. Less than five percent of the adults in the country are meeting the government’s suggested amount of activity for better health.

In Canada, the numbers are not any better. Less than half of the Canadian kids ages one through five are getting the daily recommended exercise and those who are under the age of five are spending nearly 90% of their day in a sedentary activity of some type. Over 21% of the Canadian kids ages two to five years old are either overweight or obese.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the obesity epidemic has spawned even more controversy. David Ludwig, a Boston area pediatrician has stirred up a heated debate after publishing an opinion piece stating that American children who are super obese should be potentially removed from their homes for their own goods to prevent drastic measures such as gastric bypass surgery. After a flurry of angry emails, the doctor clarified his remarks, saying that they were largely misinterpreted and blown out of proportion but standing behind them.That opinion piece, published in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association has been published online for a period of one week so those who are interested can read and review it and make their own decisions about the doctor’s intentions.

Ludwig defended his statements by saying that it is apparent that these comments have made people think, maybe panic a little and that might inspire them to do something about the weight issues following their children. It is apparent, however, that most people are assuming that it is an unwillingness or an inability of the parents to do something about the children’s weight when in fact, it might be something that is out of their control.

Jamil Macias, now a healthy weight, college graduate was not obese until after he reached the seventh grade, a time when it should be agreed that some of the eating habits of these kids are at least partially out of the hands of the parents. When he was 17, he realized how serious his weight problem was and starting working out, with the full assistance and support of his mother. Doctors had already suggested that he diet and exercise more than a few times before he got serious.


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Hi Cara, loved your piece. It clearly explains just how serious the problem of obesity is becoming especially among young people.

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