Families for Healthier Living

(AKA Couch Potatoes Anonymous): The facts Obesity is one of the growing health risks in America today. Obesity is defined as being over 10% of one’s recommended weight. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, it is estimated that between 16 to 33% of American children and adolescents are obese. Children who are obese between the ages of 10 and 13 years old, have an 80% likelihood of becoming obese adults. Obesity increases the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, trouble sleeping and breathing problems. Obesity is a family problem To help our children (and ourselves) I am presenting the following manifesto. Though this is aimed at helping the whole family, many of these tips are helpful for individuals as well. Join the Families for Healthier Living! Plan and make meals to eat together as a family as much as possible. Eating out a lot, especially fast foods, is the road to ruin for any family wanting to live healthier. A home cooked nutritionally balanced meal is a sure step towards healthier living. eat together, but don’t invite the TV! Use meals as social time. The TV is a bad guest at the healthy table. Eating better includes noticing and enjoying the meal. If we are focused on the tube then we are eating without thinking. If we are not thinking, we are more likely...

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