Study Finds Childhood Obesity
Linked To Health Habits – Not Genes
A study found, when 1,003 Michigan 6th graders were examined, obese children were “more likely to consume school lunch instead of a packed lunch from home and spend two hours a day watching TV or playing a video game.”
According to an article in Science Daily, the study suggests unhealthy habits are feeding the childhood obesity trend. “For the extremely overweight child, genetic screening may be a consideration,” says study senior author Kim A. Eagle, M.D., a Cardiologist and a Director of the U-M Cardiovascular Center. “For the rest, increasing physical activity, reducing recreational screen time and improving the nutritional value of school lunches offers great promise to begin a reversal of current childhood obesity trends.”
Here’s a startling fact: Childhood obesity has TRIPLED in the U.S. in the last 30 years, and obesity among U.S. children ages 6-11 has gone from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008.
According to the Science Daily article, “researchers found that 58 percent of obese children had watched two hours of TV in the previous day, compared to 41 percent of non-obese children. Forty-five percent of obese students always ate school lunch, but only 34 percent of non-obese students ate school lunch.” Significantly fewer obese kids exercised regularly, took physical education classes, or were a member of a sports team. In the study, 15% of the students were obese, but almost all had unhealthy habits. Over 30% drank regular soda within the previous day, less than 50% remembered eating 2 servings of vegetables in the same time period, and only 30% said they exercised for 30 minutes for 5 days during that week.
One of the biggest take home messages (besides realizing that it’s habits making us overweight — not just our genes) is that almost all the students can drastically improve their diet and exercise, not just the 15% who are obese. According to the American College of Preventative Medicine, heart disease and diabetes are two of the most common preventable chronic diseases. Both have their preventable causes in what we eat and how much we exercise, and both start from the habits we obtain in childhood. As adults, we can change these habits any time we want and live a longer and healthier life just about instantly, but children need guidance to make the same healthy choices.
Many In Younger Generation Prefer Online Fake Life To Real One
Have you ever wanted to change your life? Maybe even wanted to be someone else?
If so, you are not alone. Now, a younger generation has found a way to make this desire a reality. Well… sort of…
According to an article in Dailymail, “A study has found that children are often more happy with their lives online than they are with reality, as it allows them to be who they want… They say they can be exactly who they want to be – and as soon as something is no longer fun they can simply hit the quit button.”
Even more shocking, according to the study, one in eight young people are in contact with strangers and often lie about their appearance, age and background.
The study also reveals 45% of younger people between the ages of 11-18 surveyed said they were happier with their online life than their real one.
“One told researchers: ‘It’s easier to be who you want to be because nobody knows you and if you don’t like the situation you can just exit and it is over.’ Another said: ‘You can say anything online. You can talk to people that you don’t normally speak to and you can edit your pictures so you look better. It is as if you are a completely different person.” What’s more, 47% said they act differently online than in real life. Experts warn this may be creating a generation of people who will not function adequately in society.