by: Tony Peralez (UTSA)
Recently in the past couple of weeks I’ve been doing a little bit of research for a research based class I’m taking. We have to commit the entire semester to researching one particular event or study so that we can develop our own study and review of the results.
I myself am an incredibly active person with some history of family health problems, so I decided to focus on a topic that was health oriented. Childhood obesity is an awful disease that is all too easily perpetuated.
There are a lot of healthcare problems presenting themselves these days contributing largely towards the need to reform national healthcare. Things like liver disease, diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure are just a few effects presented by obesity. In the late 90’s, 9.1% totaled medical costs incurred in the U.S. Nearly a tenth of money spent in health related issues were due to obesity. This is nearly 79 billion dollars at the deflated rate in the 90’s (Finkelstein, Fiebelkorn, and Wang, 2003).
These problems in mind, we should all do our best to contribute efforts to help fight childhood obesity. Moms and Dads are all too busy these days with this economy where dual incomes are a must. With these factors considered, children suffer the most because there is little to no parenting involved during the week during the day where kids could be out playing or enjoying a little family time. We are a generation raised by television, dvr’s, xbox, and the internet. It’s too convenient to let technology babysit rather than take time out of a busy, career driven schedule to parent and lead kids into a healthy life style.
Alright, I will come off of my soap box now. I just thought it needed to be said. Plus, what better way to vent and be heard than through your own personal column? One could be so lucky…
All kidding aside this is a serious subject that needs serious approach. If you have kids, nieces, nephews, friends’ siblings, get them active. My best friend, Patrick Figures, signed up and coached a 7 year old soccer team. Why aren’t we all doing something like that? Take them out, pick up a soccer game, or throw down some b-ball. Help kids enjoy the active childhood they deserve.
Who knows how long we have on this rock? This being said, every day is a new day to do something different. Let’s not be ungrateful and take for granted the little things.
And the soap box is gone.