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Did you know over 25 million American kids are overweight? That’s a lot of people and with so many kids obese, the chance of kids getting cancer or type 2 diabetes has gone up. 25 million is 33.6 % of all the kids and teens from ages 2-19, everywhere. It’s the highest percentage ever surveyed, up from 28.2 % in 2000. Do you know why? It’s because of all the fatty and processed foods that are being made and eaten. They can be addicting. Ever opened a bag of potato chips, planning only to eat a handful or two but then couldn’t stop? That’s what I mean. But you can help reduce that percentage; simply try to do some of the things that will be mentioned in this article like eating healthy and playing outside. And if you already do these things, great!
First of all, you can try not to have greasy or fatty foods in your meals. Or empty calories. Empty calories are unhealthy. They contain practically no nutrition. They are also in a lot of foods. Though they may be good, that would probably be the only reason to eat them, for pleasure. They only give us fat to carry around and then later have to burn off. You can drink fruit juice, milk or water instead of soda. Your meals should be one half fruits and veggies, one fourth whole grains and one fourth protein. An example of a healthy meal would be maybe beans and rice with broccoli, an orange and a glass of milk. An unhealthy meal might be a McDonalds Big Mac, with chicken tenders, a cookie and soda. Fast food like Big Macs is O.K every once and a while, but not with two fatty main courses! And restraint meals tend to be higher in fat and sodium then home-made meals. Although you can do things like ask for lettuce and/or tomato with your sandwich when you eat out.
Put down those video game controls and go outside to play! Another reason for children’s obesity is too little exercise. Why? Because this new-found technology keeps kid’s eyes glued to the screen. But glue can be undone! Now I know the TV isn’t always the case, and don’t get me wrong, computers are great and everybody likes watching TV every once and a while, but it’s those addicting game systems that people play for hours on end when they can be outside. Kids should spend about an hour a day or more playing outside or being active. Some people like to call it play60, as in play for 60 minutes (an hour) outside per day. Exercise (or lack of it) definitely has a play in your weight.
I hope you learned a little something from this article and I hope you use the tips given!
Article posted November 9, 2011 at 01:38 PM •
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Hi, my name is Hannah, I'm in 5'th grade. I like to read and write. I play soccer and am on the swim team. I love animals and I have 2 dogs and 2 cats. I also have a twin brother.
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