DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHEROES AS A CHILD?

My two favorite were Superman and Batman. As corny as the shows were, the “good guys” always displayed valor, honor, integrity, compassion and commitment while fighting “EVIL” to protect mankind. Do you remember how their physical presentation added even greater “strength” to the characters they portrayed?

Looking at them from today’s perspective, their costumes rather than their physical realities created the illusion their strength superseded all mortal men. The truth is, they were two men that fit the physical profile, HEALTHY.

As society has undergone its transition from the 1950’s to 2016, we have lost much of the physical charisma our superheroes possessed and replaced it with an unfortunate manifestation of a new reality. Whether it’s cartoon drawings, action play figures or people dressing up as superheroes, our new reality looks like this:

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This is the reality 1 out of 3 American’s face today. This number increase to 2 out of 3 if we include those simply overweight. We are making this physical state of existence an acceptable new norm. This is a dangerous precedent to establish because MOST people becoming obese develop serious health complications from disease (diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, gall bladder disease, stroke, etc…) as well as structural loss of integrity and function (osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, spinal disc disease, etc…)

These are the cartoons, toys and people our children interact with and experience. They may not be dressed up as super heroes, but their disproportionate size and functional difficulties create impressions on our children. If this is the environment they’re raised in, this becomes a very “normal existence.” Children do not have the maturity to intellectually understand the ramifications living an obese lifestyle typically causes.ย  As adults, it become our responsibility to make certain we teach and guide our children to understand the components in life they must follow to increase their chances to live a healthy life.

UNFORTUNATELY, MANY ADULTS ARE NOT ACCEPTING THIS RESPONSIBILITY!

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What can we do to help these parents and these children achieve healthier life enhancing outcomes? If this problem is going to be FIXED it will require our families, our communities and our society to step up and face this condition head on. Relying on government to create social programs to reverse this epidemic is an unlikely solution. A country trillions of dollars in debt is NOT going to make CHILDHOOD OBESITY a primary concern.

Normally at this point in my articles, I list my ideas and solutions. I think it might be more productive (since the solutions are going to need to come from our society,) to let each of YOU use your creative minds to come up with IDEAS that can lead to SOLUTIONS. Write them in whatever detail you wish in the comment box. Let’s see if I’m correct in believing the readers of wordpress are more willing to take a moment to contribute an IDEA to SOLVING CHILDHOOD OBESITY, than to contribute to the ongoing detriment by turning a blind eye and expressing in a deafening silence a belief that this is a problem for “others” to solve.

PLEASE REALIZE, CLICKING THE “LIKE” BUTTON WITHOUT LEAVING AN IDEA ADDS TO THE ONGOING “DEAFENING SILENCE” AT OUR CHILDREN’S EXPENSE.

WON’T YOU PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO OFFER YOUR HELP.

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38 comments

  1. My thought is, you can’t sell what you are not sold on yourself.
    My attitude that I refuse to be taken advantage of whether it’s cigarette manufacturers, or the equally abusive junk food companies seems to have been inherited by my children and even some of my grandchildren. A rebellious, “I’m not that stupid to be conned” goes a lot further than endless lectures. lol!
    Peer pressure can be overwhelming these days (I can’t believe how some schools will have only junk food and candy at every event) but an attitude of “that stuff is for dummies – I’m smarter than that” while a little arrogant, works (it’s pretty good for drugs too!),

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    1. I love your thought process. People don’t believe serious life altering “diseases” are real and will affect their lives. Showing people the importance of SELF RESPECT while placing the “ugliness” of PREVENTABLE DISEASES directly in front of them by having people on oxygen, limbs amputated, artificial voice boxes might create a larger impact than the trivial methods used today.

      Thank you for sharing your idea. “I’m smarter than that” is the outcome we need to be aiming for.

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  2. I think one of the strongest, and probably least likely, techniques is to set a good example. Sadly, we had 60% of us overweight and 30% obese. That’s what kids are looking at every day. Until the parents and adults in the kids’ families choose to live healthy lives, it is going to be a tough go.

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    1. FREE parental and child education must be part of the solution. It must be designed to REALISTICALLY address the problems children and parents face. Surveys should be performed to learn from the parent’s and child’s perspectives what factors interfere with living a healthy lifestyle. We assume it’s money and time. There may be many other factors equally important that are not being addressed. Rather than assume, we need to gather information directly from the public.

      Thank you for sharing your idea with all of us.

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  3. I always believed eating right and getting our children into exercise and other outdoor activities were some of the solutions to this problem. Recently I started taking antidepressants and added just over 10 KGS within 2 months. I can’t help but think that if weight gain is medically related,then my solutions are not as easy as I initially thought

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    1. Health imbalances typically end in weight gain. The focus must be on LIVING and learning what it takes to experience a PURPOSEFUL MEANINGFUL LIFE. As one gains PASSION following this path in life, harmful negative behaviors are often avoided. There is not enough “room” for negativity when people are so focused on quality living. Medications, fast food, sedentary living interferes with this lifestyle. This is why we must learn to seek ROOT CAUSES rather than treat SYMPTOMS when imbalances begin surfacing in our lives.

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  4. This is so tragic! I feel that a lot of it has to do with all the food that we consume that is full of preservatives and added sugars not to mention there’s fast food. Even more so though, is the responsibility of parents, schools, and the media in providing knowledge of healthy alternatives as well as healthy life-styles. Your post is really an eye opener, thank you!

    Carlee -evenmoreyou.wordpress.com
    Ps. Looking forward to your future posts๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. I love your combination of parent, school and media. I think a “scared straight” program in the school system could be beneficial as well. If children were exposed to the realities of disease by witnessing and hearing sick people share their stories, it could greatly impact their lives. Reading about diabetes versus listening to a diabetic who had to undergo limb amputation creates a completely different REALITY. This is especially true when the amputee explains this misfortune was the result of a PREVENTABLE DISEASE!

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  5. This is another post that I’m gonna mail to my baby brother who is really fond of unhealthy food. I hope it cracks some sense into him. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful way, using the most loved characters of the heroic world. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Maybe your baby brother can help with an “IDEA.” Why don’t you ask him
      (1) what would it require for him to change his behavior and begin eating healthier?
      (2) what changes growing up would have helped him as an adult make healthier nutritional decisions?
      I would love to know what his feedback would be.

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      1. I’ll ask him and get back to you with this.

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  6. Setting positive example is so important. They need to see us eating right, moving often, putting down the electronics and going outside to exercise, play, stay active. It works for every family. โ˜บ

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    1. Maybe these examples can be set with the assistance of pediatricians. Doctors can provide “homework assignments” for parents and children to sit down and keep a log of activity and foods eaten. To make this simple, these logs would not require any calculations. Since the word log has a negative connotation, it can be called a “diary.” The doctor can review the “diary” to see if PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR (physical and nutritional) need adjusting. This would be a good learning tool for both parent and child.

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  7. Set a good example. If you don’t eat vegetables and fruit…your kids won’t either. Get up and move…nine times out of ten your kids will follow. I mean unless they are trying to make you mad (like my 13 yr old)…lol!!

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  8. Reblogged this on A bit of a geeky mom and commented:
    A good read as always!!

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    1. Thank you for the re-blogging. I hope it stimulates even more ideas and suggestions to help our younger generation.

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      1. You are very welcome!

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  9. I’ve written a thousand different responses. Some made me sound bitter, some made me sound angry, and others made me sound communist. I don’t know how to make people choose to care about something that is often minimized or altogether denied.

    Childhood obesity, however, is typically the branch of a very large tree growing from much more devastating roots. If we are going to correct the problem, we are going to have to treat a source rather than a symptom.

    On a surface level, my parents didn’t know any better nor did they have the financial resources to make better selections while I was a child. By the time I was fully making my own choices, I was already well on my way to 400 pounds.

    Education and financial assistance to those making healthy food choices would be fantastic. In the meantime, could we impose bans on all food commercials? While certainly true, maybe that last request was a bit more for me right now.

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    1. If our education system truly incorporated health and nutrition into a K-12 grade curriculum that counted toward a grade point average, a greater percentage of children would be willing to LEARN about this ESSENTIAL topic. Even if they (and their parents) didn’t apply this knowledge at this young an age, the information could still be used later in life. Without this knowledge, young adults and adults will have greater difficulty seeking REALISTIC solutions.

      Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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  10. I’m not sure what I can do to help…I lead an extremely busy life. Some days I don’t have time to “workout”…but I do what I can. Basically if I say to myself, “Keep moving” that really triggers the don’t sit for long response. Even when I am on my computer, I either sit on a yoga ball, or I stand. While on yoga ball I am bouncing or twisting “moving”. If I am standing while on computer, I do leg lifts all the while working on pulling tummy in. If I am standing in line at a store I pull in tummy and release. Same goes while driving. If I am watering my garden, I will do squats the whole time. When mowing the lawn I will push-mow the down hill and run as I push-mow the up hill parts. Taking the trash can to the street I will pull the can, but then I will sprint back to my house. Same goes for getting the mail…I will run to get the mail and run back. It’s about a 1/4 acre to the box. My neighbors probably think I’m nuts. They all drive to get their mail. If I go meet my kids for coffee or lunch, we will walk to where we are going. When we go to concerts we will walk the five miles to the venue. These are just some of the little things I do to try to get in my workout where I can, because I never know where my day will take me.

    When my babies were infants i’d use them as my weights and squat with them or use them as my weights to bench press them.

    When my kids were little we would have calastentics time. We’d do many types of fun things. I’d say okay lets jump like bunnies, crawl like a snake, fly like a butterfly…fun things to keep them interested.

    I think if we just move, that is half the battle. The other half is eating right. I do have treats such as ice cream, chips, cake, but not daily. I start the day with some type of lemon drink. I usually will have a veggie drink. I make what I call my 10 minute soup made with whatever veggie I have on hand from the garden. Lots of water and then a decent dinner.

    Having good people around you helps too. Like minded to help you stay on track is nice. I am pretty tough on myself which keeps me on track.

    Happiness keeps me going too. I’ve been going though something and so some days are tough, but I still push myself. Seeking happy and allowing myself to be so, helps my spirit and interns helps me stay healthier. I found a kitten abandoned in a box. He was near death. It took me a month to get him to be just ok. I’ve had him now for about 2 months and he is a healthy kitten. I am teaching him to walk on a leash! My point about him is he came along when I need a buddy. I could focus on him instead of being sad. So go hang out with a dog or a cat or any pet. If you don’t own one, borrow a neighbors dog and go for a walk. A year before me finding the kitten, I fell into a dog. He was destined for the pound. Again, he came along at the right time. As you’ve guessed it, my trying time has been over a year and still going, but finding ways to allow myself some happy has helped a lot. I run, walk, bike for miles. Exercise helps a ton. That goes for any stress of any kind. Good or bad…stress is stress and you need to find good ways for your body to let off steam.

    Staying healthy…move, eat right, have good people around you, happiness. That’s my advice. Peace to you all and as always Doc you keep us thinking, sharing, caring. We need more like you! Koko ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you for putting so much time and effort into your comment. It expresses real life emotions and the difficulties they may cause. It also shows there are things we can do in life to deal with them in a constructive and productive way.

      Parental interaction seems like a major answer to childhood obesity. I’m sure your children benefited greatly from your interaction with them.

      Your comment will also help adults realize they need to find things in their lives that emotionally satisfy voids. Happier people living a purpose driven life are significantly less likely to suffer from weight and other health issues.

      I hope you continue to find happiness in your life. You are a kind hearted person filled with amazing gifts that makes this world a better place to live.

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  11. it used to be Barbie. then it was decided Barbie gave girls a horrible definition of beauty. and G.I. Joe – but that taught boys macho was over-muscular and fighting and killing. so, in true human intelligence, we popped to the other extreme. why? because the world is black or white, right or wrong, skinny or fat. there is no “middle ground”. what sells is extremes. and since it’s easier to throw toys at a child or plop them in front of the tv/video screen – we can continue to blame the advertisements instead of taking the time (and effort) to instruct the future of our planet.

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    1. You have identified some serious problems which certainly needed identifying, but the next step is equally important. I am asking wordpress readers to identify IDEAS that can lead to REAL SOLUTIONS. Since you believe โ€œthe world is either right or wrong,โ€ how about sharing some โ€œrightโ€ IDEAS. I am looking for some good ideas to see what steps can be taken to move childhood obesity in a better direction.

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  12. I think if people understood that just because something is sold as “food” doesn’t make it fit to eat, we’d be halfway there. I suppose educational programs in schools could have a positive effect but it’s the parents that really need understanding of how to shop and how to properly feed their families (nutritionally speaking). Perhaps some education coming out of the pediatrician’s office? The vast majority of parents want to do right by their children but just may not know how when it comes to their regular diet.

    As an aside, I wish breastfeeding was more supported. I can’t say I had any big trouble during those days but I did face some negativity, from my own father as well as a few strangers. It should be thought of as the most natural thing in the world. You’d have thought I was doing something odd!

    BTW…I loved Batman. I always wanted him to end up with a reformed Catwoman. I also had a thing for Spiderman!

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    1. I agree with you Doctor Lynn that BOTH parents and schools need to contribute to correcting this problem. It might be a good idea to incorporate nutrition/exercise/lifestyle information during an evening event at the child’s school when parents are invited to meet their child’s teacher each year. I also strongly believe food logs need to be maintained by every child. This would help teach children to understand the value of nutrition and give them the tools (should they choose to use them) needed to reduce the chances for diseases including obesity.

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  13. Making exercise fun would be a good start. I remember hating gym class as a kid, but loving recess. The unstructured fun was great – and I am sure I got a lot more exercise at recess than in gym glass. And it wasn’t because I disliked competition, because I loved it. Maybe there’s an idea there, as well – give kids cheap step counters, and make them get a certain number of steps before coming in from recess, or make it a contest to see who can get the most steps during recess.

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    1. I like your idea about making exercise fun. Maybe combining 80% fun (movement/exercise) with 20% structured exercise would be a worthwhile concept to incorporate. This would compliment the 80% healthier eating with 20% comfort style food. Creating patterned behaviors make it easier to sustain healthier lifetime lifestyles.

      We are also a culture motivated by incentivizing. The “stepping” contest is a great example
      Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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  14. For me, it all starts with the parents from day one! Give your baby healthy foods, give your child healthy foods, don’t give them rubbish, cook the healthiest way possible. Cook vegetables ! Give them fruits, and stop taking the easy way out by buying junk, buying fast foods and sweets. If a child is brought up on the good foods, they won’t want the bad, their bodies will probably retaliate. Also, get the kids out into the fresh air to play, for goodness sake. Majority of kids today seem to be attached to computers, tv and cellphones, get them out to play, climb trees, build a tree house, exercise, play cops and robbers or whatever, just move and be normal. A healthy lifestyle stems from day one !!!

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    1. Great points Lynne. I like your combination of suggestions. Thank you for sharing them.

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      1. My pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. I love how clever you are….involving us….for me personally, I involved the kids in shopping, cooking and growing what ever vegie I could get to grow…and always had pumpkins and watermelon, whether they were eatable I still tried for the kids….I believe it was easier for me as we didn’t have internet, cell phones, game boys and some tv console games around when my kids were young so we had outside time, beach time, bike and big wheels…when my son was in junior high the computer was introduced in our house….but I must say by then he was so into lindy hop and dancing that it came first…..I have been lucky….I am so frustrated with what I see in this generation….I feel that some parents just give in and let the kids have the computers, I phones and give up on trying to involving them in family time, game night, or something that doesn’t involve sitting in front of a screen eating junk…. I still stand by getting the kids involved in buying, recipes cooking and what foods do for us….help them with the nutritional value eating provides…my daughter at 5 thought candy was fruit….she had never had chocolate or white sugar…sadly in her school they had Hershey chocolates for the kids…they forgot that I didn’t allow sugar products and a mother gave her a piece…oh my, I wish I had a camera when she came home….she was animated…I lost her to chocolate forever…LOL however it takes her a week to eat a bag of M&M’s still to this day….LOL great post and made me happy that I had my kids before the social media out break…..kat

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    1. Times are certainly different than when we were children. Technology has replaced a lot of creativity and has placed the user in a sedentary position to live a great deal of their life. Unhealthy food choices are significantly more prevalent and people are working longer hours. We have sacrificed our own quality of life in the name of job advancement. We do not understand the reality that this lifestyle is causing great harm to our physical, mental and spiritual being.

      Childhood obesity is NOT an acceptable situation. As many people have stated, parents, teachers, doctors, social and religious organizations must step up to help children avoid the current trends they’re following. We can’t afford to wait for health complications to first attempt to undo addictive patterns of behavior that develop and worsen every day.

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      1. I so agree…..My children’s friends are very active with there kids….its nice to see….

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  16. I would suggest a child get to have the same amount of time playing with their electronics as they are willing to spend outdoors! if they choose to do something really active like ride their bike or maybe run laps around the yard whatever gets them really moving they earn more minutes online watching oh i dont know whatever it is that kids watch haha silly cat videos on youtube whatever dont just give into to them and hand over the remote to the tv make them earn it by playing outside. having fun outside is going to put them to bed earlier help them sleep better and build a healthier appetite in them for sure. At least that’s what it does for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. You’re absolutely right. I would probably take it one step further by teaching them the concept of PRIORITIZING. They would have to FIRST engage in physical activity prior to spending their time on a computer or in front of a TV. This way, if the child runs out of time it is the NON ESSENTIAL NEEDS that are sacrificed.

      Thank you for sharing this terrific idea!

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  17. As a Elementary physical education teacher we must impress upon children early in life the importance of a healthy lifestyle and provide them with the skill. Knowledge and attitude to be life long learners.

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    1. Parents set the example that children attempt to emulate. Knowledge and ATTITUDE is extremely important, but requires APPLICATION OF PRINCIPLE. You can’t tell a child not to smoke cigarettes with a cigarette in your hand. You can’t expect a child to be active and eat healthy if you don’t “practice what you preach.”

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