Childhood obesity: Unintended consequences of rational decisions

Today, heart attack and stroke lead the way in causes of death in America. Obesity-related illnesses like diabetes and hypertension contribute to both. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three American children are overweight and with an obesity rate of 17 percent in children, there is an increase in type 2 diabetes.

A recent study by Susan Terwilliger, clinical associate professor at Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, observed third graders from four schools in Binghamton, New York, to uncover more about the role parents and schools play in childhood obesity.

Based on her research, Terwilliger believes that certain rational decisions made by parents and school systems have a direct effect on unhealthy eating and exercise habits in children. For example, she found that 70 percent of students drank between two and five sugary beverages a day, a statistic she links to parents encouraging children to avoid water fountains contaminated with germs.

In regards to physical activity, she links lack of exercise with parents’ fear of letting their children play freely outdoors and schools’ elimination of gym class and recess to make time for more academics in hopes of improving test scores.

Parents are constantly making decisions to keep their kids safe, healthy and happy. Unfortunately, even the most careful decisions may have some negative consequences. One choice you can make with confidence is to keep your child healthy with a multivitamin like those offered by Dr. Newton’s Naturals. EZ MELTS Children’s Multivitamin is an easy-to-take supplement to keep your little ones healthy and energized.

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