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Although excess food and unhealthy diets seem to be the fundamental cause of childhood overweight and obesity, we should also take into account the rhythm of life of our children.
I remember that, when I was little, we would walk to school, or run if we were late; now my children go by car because my husband leaves them on the way to work; We would play, on the street or in the park closest to our house, games with a lot of physical activity such as soccer, rope, rescue or hide and seek with other neighborhood children.
Currently, this trend has changed. Although our children continue to have the urgent need to move, parents no longer usually trust them to play in the street or without our supervision, so we opted for a type of more individual and sedentary game that can be done, without problems, and at home. It's about a passive leisure like playing the console or watching television.
Social and active games, unfortunately, have been relegated to the exclusive scope of the school. Sometimes when our children leave school they are too busy, as much as we are! They have just enough time to have a snack, do homework, bathe and go to bed early because we have to get up early the next day, especially in winter when there is less hours of light.
The lack of physical activity seems another of the fundamental causes that explain the overweight and the increase in obesity in childhood, and of course also in adulthood. It is a very serious disease that, on many occasions, worsens and persists during youth and adulthood. It can have serious consequences both physically and emotionally: obese children are victims, many times, of exclusion from their peers, of feeling inferior or of depression. Let's not let this happen! We therefore return to insist on the creation of healthy habits such as the practice of sports.
Maybe we could make the effort to get in shape with our children 2 or 3 days a week: go for a run together, ride a bike, play tennis, dance or walk ... it would be great for all of us! I think that preventing obesity in our children depends much more on us than on public institutions, so let's get to work!
Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site
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