Since I finished my book last night, I took the opportunity to finish reading last week's edition of Time. The cover story is childhood obesity, and I read every single article in this issue on the topic. You can read the main article here. It was very disturbing.
I'll give you a few statistics and facts.
32% of all American kids are overweight
90% of overweight kids have at least one avoidable risk factor for heart disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed in kids as young as 15 years old
The current generation of kids may be the first in American history to have a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents
- In 1991, only 42% of high school students took part in daily phys ed--today that number is 25%