Junk food and TV pushing kids to obesity

According to some latest studies, too much TV, junk foods and little movement in modern life are pushing more kids in US to obesity. Our kids have got an environment where they can easily get fast food items and fresh fruits and vegetables are really hard to find (From Yahoo News).

Most of the kids avoid walking to their school and too much stuff available that inspires them to eat lot of junk food and sugary beverages. Some of the highlights of these studies include:

  • Most of the schools whether they are middle school or high school have easy access to junk foods and beverages. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that 83 percent of high schools and 67 percent of middle schools now have contracts with a soft drink manufacturer.

  • There are very few schools that create the opportunity for its students to get involved in more and more physical activities.

  • 25 percent of the ads watched by kids are fast food, beverage and sweet ads.

  • The availability of a large, chain supermarket was associated with a lower body mass index (BMI) in teens. In contrast, high availability of convenience stores was associated with a higher BMI.

All of the experts advocated increasing the level of physical activity among kids. Why not for a walk straight after dinner and motivate your kids for doing dance on their favorite music than wasting their time watching TV or playing video games. If your kids walk to their schools, that can bring in more physical activity in their daily routines.


Written by Brad

This blog is my weight loss journey and hope this journey will help in losing some extra pounds.


painkiller said...

This article is very interesting especially for the parents who are reading this right now.