Kid Fitness Stats and Solutions

According to a study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of over weight or obese children between the ages of 2-19 has tripled since 1980 to 17%. That’s 12.5 million of our children! There is a 70% chance that these children will be obese adults.

Obese related diseases are prevalent among overweight children according to the CDC. Obese boys have a 30% chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes and in obese girls that statistic rises to 40%. Also, 60% of obese kids between 5-10 years old show at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor.

Now those are a lot of facts to digest but there is one more fact that is undeniable, the cost of health care for these obese children. From 1979 to 1981 the annual cost of caring for obese children was $35 million. By 1999 the cost rose to an annual cost of $127 million!

Fat and sugar filled foods along with soft drinks should be avoided. Hey, we all enjoy family outing to get ice cream, just don’t do it every night. Remember, everything in moderation. We need these “treats” to help us teach our kids self control so they can grow into adulthood with a healthy balanced lifestyle.

Kid Fitness Stats and Solutions

So, how much physical activity does my kid need?

The CDC says a child needs 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Aerobic activities such as cycling or running should take up the largest percentage of exercise. Your child should do muscle strengthening three days a week such as gymnastics or push ups. Don’t forget bone strengthening! CDC suggests activities such as jump rope and running three days a week for strengthening bones.

One great way to monitor your kid’s activity is by knowing their physical education program at school. The Phy Ed teacher would be happy to work with you.

All this can be summed up with a simple formula:

Inactivity + Poor Diet = Obesity