Childhood Obesity Statistics - 1 in 5 4-year-olds is Obese!

Leslie - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I just saw these statistics on CNN and it's alarming. One in Five four year olds are obese. I try to keep my son, Jordan very active and he's only one and a half (as of today, YAY!). I jointed the cause on facebook and signed a petition to help end childhood obesity. You can do it to by clicking below:

Facebook Cause Link: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/271974

Click Here to Sign the Petition: http://iu2u.org/sign.php

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Amie - posted on 04/21/2009

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LOL That's cute Jamie. Mine on the other hand do like cake. But since I only make it for birthdays to them it's the bees knees. I don't blame them for not liking frozen yogurt either. My MIL tried giving to our kids saying it was ice cream. Well kids aren't stupid and there is a difference in the taste. Even I can notice the difference. lol. I do admit though to my one weakness with them is Jell-O. We make it about once a week at least. I don't know what their fascination is with it.. maybe cause it jiggles.

Jamie - posted on 04/21/2009

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Yea neither of my kids like ice cream either theyd rather have yougurt and not frozen the regualar kind. And they dont like cake, which is kind of awkward at birthday parties because every other kids has frosting on their plate and my kids dont eat any.

Amie - posted on 04/21/2009

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I agree with Jamie. The obesity issue starts and ends in the home. My own kids have great eating habits because we taught them this. Don't get me wrong they like junk food to on occasion but it's restricted in our house. I can't remember the last time we bought them McDonald's or anything of that sort. We generally go to subway or something of the like for "fast food". I did buy them each one of those small bag of chips yesterday... our son finally finished his today and our two daughter's who are old enough to eat them still haven't finished there's. They get plenty of exercise, even in the winter where here in Canada it's freaking freezing out! They just get bundled up really well and off they go. I had my Aunt make a comment about them once... they asked for fruit for dessert at my mom's instead of the ice cream my mom was offering. My Aunt goes oh wow I wish Aiden (my cousin's kid) doing that. How did you raise such good kids? Well duh.. common sense. For our kids it's just not really an option and we raise them by example as well. If me or my hubby need a snack we grab a piece of fruit, yogurt, cheese and crackers, etc.... Kids are more apt to eat the good healthy stuff if they see mom and dad doing it all the time too.
It's just as big a piss off for me as it is for Jamie. Sure some families have limited funds for an all healthy lifestyle but at least make the freaking effort! Fine your kids gets junk today but at least make sure they get the proper exercise and fresh air that kids need too.

Jamie - posted on 04/21/2009

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kate, you want to educate your self and thats great. But the people that dont mind feeding their kids junk all the time arent going to read it. I dont know, the whole thing jsut pisses me off. I dont understand why its so hard to raise healthy kids. I avoid the frozen food like the plague, yes its quick and simple and cheaper, but there are other ways to save money. I mean people wont spend 4 bucks on a box of cherrios but most probably have cable tv. I know I dont, its sacrificing for the best interest of the child. Id rather pay for healthy food then cable or internet. I think good eating habits begin in the home. If we teach our children good habits they wil go in the public and make wise choices. And I do give my kids the occasional treat, im not that mean. We do get fast food one night a week and they do get dessert, but its a healthy dessert, applesauce, banana slices, even fruit snacks. Sunkist makes fruit snacks from 100% fruit juice and they have vitamins and they arent much more then the cheap ones. I think those that want to make the right choice are trying to educate, its trying to get those that are lazy to want to feed thier kids good food.

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It's not just signing a petition.. it's like any cause, it's about education first, then making changes as best as you can in your own home. I think the site is really informative if readers give it a chance. Plus, the menus are helpful.

Jamie - posted on 04/21/2009

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No offense I think its great and all, I mean childhood obesity is disgusting. But how is signing a petition going to help. Its not going to stop parents from giving kids junk food rather then veggies. And its not going to stop them from using the TV as a babysitter, or keep them from playing video games. Its also not going to help to cut PE in schools because of budgets cuts. How do you make parents care that thier child is fat? How do you make parents stop buying twinkies and ice cream? According to them they know whats best.

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