Dr. Ann discusses childhood obesity and the risks thereof; she implores parents and children to take responsibility for their health.
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Dr. Ann Kulze: Childhood obesity remains the single greatest health treat our children phase. You all I’m sure know that we have experience an explosive increase in childhood obesity over the last 30 years. In fact childhood obesity rates have tripled, and my adrenaline just shut up about somewhere way up there and status here and so of my heart rate. Because this is an issue that I am incredibly passionate about, the fact that we know that childhood obesity rates have tripled in 30 years tells us that this is largely and environmentally driven phenomena, meaning children are the innocent victims. Because they are dependent upon the adults in there lives to basically create and control that environment. So what I am telling you is, as the adults and children’s lives we have essentially bearing the burden for something that we have created for them. And I will tell you the studies are showing that childhood obesity tracks consistently into adulthood. 85% of kids are obese as children will remain obese into there adult life. And they are essentially medical prisoners, medical prisoners. Parents have the most powerful role to play in combating our childhood obesity epidemic. And they stand the best signs we have here the most important stuffs for parent to take to increase the chances that there child will have a healthy body weight. Number one and boy is it number one and this is more important than any of the others that I will cover with you and that is to be a role model. Of all the things you can do as the parent to increase the chances that you will raise a healthy child this one is the most powerful and the studies are showing this without a shadow of a doubt right. Children respond more to actions than words, so you need to be a good role model. The reminders of these steps are in no particular order, they are all equivalently important. The second thing is, set down regularly for healthy meals with your kids, family meals. Why do we know about this? Families is set down regularly for meals, the kids and those family is getting more fruits, more vegetables, more calcium and they get less junk food, less calories, less sugar, sodium and fat. In addition to lots of other benefits right. Third thing, limit screen time especially television, when I say screen time I’m talking about video games and none academic computer use. TV, why do we know about television viewing? Television viewing has emerge as the most powerful behavioral predictor of obesity and good parenting 101 get the televisions out of your kids rooms. Get those televisions out of your kids rooms, 54% of the kids in the America have a TV in there room. I can understand why? Virtually every study that looks the television viewing and its impact on your kid I don’t if it’s sexual, there grades, there health almost anything you could name it shows a negative impact right. Fourth thing, ensure that your child accumulates at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Science is telling us that are the amount of physical activity a child’s body requires to be healthy and to also maintain a healthy body weight okay. The fifth thing, ensure that your child eats breakfast, breakfast is the most important a meal of the day when it comes to a healthy body weight, we know that children that regularly skip breakfast are more up to snack and they end up being heavier so obese kids typically eat breakfast less regularly than kids that are of a healthy body weight. Number six; restrict your child’s intake of sweet beverages. I’m talking about soda, fruit drinks, sports beverages we know that sugar sweetened beverages are perhaps the most obesegenic of all foods. For lots of— actually a couple of very powerful compelling reasons they are particularly act to cause unhealthy weight gain okay. Number seven; ensure that most of the food choices available in your home are healthy. And encourage your children to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains somet