This September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Over the past four decades, the obesity rate amongst people of all ages in America has increased significantly. This trend has had an alarming impact on the country’s youth, with more than 23 million children and teenagers being obese or overweight. This means that almost one third of children in the United States are at an early risk of developing health issues, such as Type 2 diabetes or heart disease. However, it’s not too late to help.
In order to prevent childhood obesity, it is important to stress a healthy lifestyle. Eating sensibly and being active can be major factors in preventing excessive weight gain, as well as the health problems that develop alongside it. During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, you have the chance to fight back against the epidemic that is childhood obesity. Perhaps you can get in touch with school leaders, elected officials or others who can help. Maybe you can use social media, newsletters or just word-of-mouth to spread the word about the importance of maintaining individual health. There are many approaches to this problem, and we can all be part of the solution in our own way.