- More than 30% of children are overweight.
- Since 1970, obesity rates for school aged children have
- Poor nutrition, unhealthy eating habits, low physical
activity and eating for the wrong reasons are the key factors in childhood
- Overweight children experience feelings of inadequacy,
poor body image and low self esteem.
- Obese children suffer discrimination from peers,
teachers and even family members.
- Overweight children cannot wear clothes identified as
"popular", nor can they move as flexibly or sustain the same energy level as
- Frequently obese children are not invited to
participate in team games (picked last) or to attend parties, or play sports.
- negative biases continue into adult life, as shown in
college selection, job hiring and future promotion.
- Childhood obesity contributes to high blood pressure
and cholesterol, arthritis, clogging of arteries, insulin resistance, and an
increased risk of musculoskeletal injuries.
- Obese children have increased LDL (bad cholesterol) and
reduced HDL (good cholesterol).
- As overweight children become adults they face a high
risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
- Over the past few decades, the trend for children has
shown increased energy intake from snacks and evening meals in which
carbohydrates contribute most of the increased calories.
- Children are consuming more fats and less fiber.
Parents don't know what is proper and become negative role models for their
- These trends must be reversed to have a long lasting
Everything can be changed in a positive direction with
mind programming. That is accomplished through "persuasive therapy" ---