It is no secret that childhood obesity is a serious problem.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.”
And there’s more.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), children who are overweight are more likely to be at risk for cardiovascular diseases, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Obese children also have a higher risk of bone and joint problems, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, and arthritis.In addition to this extraordinary menu of health problems, recent studies show that overweight children are more likely to be subjected to bullying.
A University of Florida study reveals that frequent bullying leads children who feel victimized to avoid situations where they have been picked on before, including gym class or afterschool sporting events. Therefore, these student are more likely to avoid the playground and sports oriented situations for fear of being ridiculed or taunted by their peers.
Sadly, the bullying, which also leads to depression and loneliness, keeps these children from participating in and benefiting from the very activity that could significantly improve their health and sense of well-being. In sharp contrast, the Healthy Lifestars program gets kids active, teaches them nutrition and encourages a healthy sense of community while instilling self-esteem.
Our program is one more way to keep bullies at bay.