As you likely know, Healthy LifeStars focuses on reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity through our proven program, The LifeStar Challenge. Understanding the realities of childhood obesity are critical as we aim to draw attention to and support for our work — we know that good fitness, nutrition, and goal-setting habits early in life can reduce a child’s risk of developing obesity. But why is it so important to combat childhood obesity?
Jane E. Brody of The New York Times brings much-needed attention to the childhood obesity epidemic in her blog post, “The Urgency in Fighting Childhood Obesity,” by shedding light on the harsh realities and life-threatening risks obesity places on our children and their health. Several studies that Brody cites in her piece outline new risk factors associated with childhood obesity, including:
- An increased risk of developing colon cancer
- An increased risk of experiencing a stroke in early adulthood
Read Brody’s complete blog post about childhood obesity and share the post with others. The more people who understand the urgency in fighting childhood obesity, the better the likelihood that people will take preventative measures—like supporting proven obesity prevention programs like The LifeStar Challenge—to ensure our youngest generation grows up healthy and active.