September is a busy month, student’s go back to school, traffic gets more congested, it is Thryoid Cancer Awareness month and Childhood obesity awareness month. Childhood obesity is no joke. It continues to be a serious problems in the United States.
At Center for Healthy and Happy Living, our Founder Elika Kormeili, understands that speciality diets are not just about food allergies, but also for overcoming obesity and diabetes. Did you know your diet can also impact your Thyroid?
According to the Defeat Diabetes Foundation “over the past 30 years the prevalence of overweight children has tripled. One in three American children remains overweight or obese. More than 12 million young people, aged two to nineteen years, are considered obese. Obese 10-14 year olds have an 80% chance of being obese as adults”.
Doctors are diagnosing overweight children with Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.
The statistics are frightening-but how did we get here?
Simply said it’s the result of poor diet and lack of physical activity. We live in a society where television and video games serve as backup babysitters in some homes. For many of us, the majority of our meals are eaten outside the home. We are constantly bombarded with advertising for unhealthy foods.
Obesity does not just lead to medical and physical health problems, it also impacts our emotional health. With obesity comes isolated, poor self-esteem, and depression.
So what do we do NOW?
1) First we need proper education. Both children and parents need to be educated about proper nutrition and the importance of physical activity.
2) Support for families to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into their already overwhelming and busy lives.
At Center for Healthy and Happy Living, we believe that everyone WANTS to be at their best and to succeed, we also need support in reaching our goals. Education is a key factor. I often laugh at the irony that our cars come with an owner’s manual but our bodies and children don’t. Throughout our lifespan, we need to learn how to create a healthy lifestyle and it is a decison that we make, a goal that we re-declare everyday!
Ready to get started eating a healthier diet? Not sure where or how to get started? Give us a call. We can help you get off to a healthy start so that you don’t end up sabotaging your own health goals.