Educational Editorial: Childhood obesity & family

By Dr. Bill Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Childhood obesity is an epidemic. While we see it in our children and grandchildren...and we talk about it...we do little to address it.

The Mayo Clinic says that obesity in children "starts them on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults: diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol." They note that the best strategy to combat excess weight in your child is to improve the diet and exercise levels of the entire family.

Dr. Madge Zacharias of the Zacharias Ganey Health Institute teaches that this does not simply mean "closing your mouth"...starving. Weight management, or more importantly good health, is understanding the relationships among nutrition, cardio exercise and strength training.

After much prodding from family and friends, ten weeks ago I enrolled in the Institute to "learn" more about the subject. In addition to losing twenty-eight pounds, I feel better, have more energy, increased my flexibility...and my wife and I have come to care for a wonderful group of people. I am also becoming a better role model for my granddaughters.

About three weeks ago I received a call at the office from Mr. Moore in Chesterfield. He said that he and his friends really enjoyed the editorials but that he had one concern, my weight.

While wondering if I should be offended or grateful, Mr. Moore told me that he had type II diabetes and gave himself a shot every day. He concluded by saying that he and his friends did not want me to "check out" anytime soon.

Mr. Moore cared enough to call ...and so today, consider this a call. Make a plan for your children by looking at yourselves and saying, "Good health is not about what I say, it's about what I do!"

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