Childhood Obesity: Causes, Demographics, Solutions

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Why is childhood obesity rising at such a rapid rate, and what can be done to stop it?
Air Date: 9/11/15
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Melanie Cole, MS
MelanieColeNEWHeadshotMelanie Cole, MS, has a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology and is Childhood Obesity expert.

Melanie is the host of Healthy Children (in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics) and Train Your Body (with the American College of Sports Medicine) on RadioMD. Melanie also conducts seminars and lectures nationwide on nutrition, stress reduction, balance, posture and a wide variety of health related topics. She has been featured in Shape Magazine, Inside Sports, Lerner Newspapers, and many more.

Additionally, Melanie is a practicing exercise physiologist/personal trainer with a client retention rate of 20+ years; nearly unheard of in the world of personal trainers.
    Childhood Obesity: Causes, Demographics, Solutions
    One in three kids today is overweight or obese. 

    Years ago, kids had physical education every day in school. Recess was often spent outdoors on the playground.

    Now, kids are lucky to have one day of PE class, and recess is too often cut short.

    Why has this changed from years past?

    According to Melanie Cole, MS, part of it is due to the desire to "catch up" to other countries in terms of technology and education. There is more focus on academic achievements and less emphasis on physical activities.

    But, taking away that activity spurs a vicious cycle. Kids cannot focus without that physical activity. They're not going to be able to succeed in the classroom if they can't "get their beans out," as Cole puts it.

    It becomes more of a challenge in certain areas of the nation. It might be dangerous to play outside or walk to school, due to crime or gang activity. Or, if you reside in a low-income area, funds might be limited. 

    What parents can do, proactively, is to limit the amount of screen time, whether that is on computers, tablets, phones, or TV. Sometimes that is problematic, because their homework/school work is often required on the computer. Stil, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no more than two hours of total screen time per day.

    Listen in as Cole joins Dr. Susanne to share more about some of the causes of childhood obesity, as well as some solutions.
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