Michelle Obama picked a good cause: childhood obesity

Michelle Obama has taken on childhood . one in three american chidlren is overweight or obese and such children face higher risks of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other illnesses. Public health crisis. prevent childhood obesity. a positive parenting plan to fight obesity. eat less and move more

Michelle Obama is a vegetable advocate. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

One in three American children are overweight or obese. That means one-third of our children are at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.

It’s good Michelle is calling attention to it from her powerful position and making it her signature cause.
 Because myriad factors have created the problem, it’s complex. But we have to start.
So many society factors are to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic. High fructose corn syrup, sedentary activities , being driven everywhere for fear of stranger danger, and parents.
Our current crop of parents — Baby boomers and Gen-Xers — are afraid to say NO to children and set limits. I don’t know if it’s because the children are raised by day care and nannies or if parents are afraid to say no because their parents said no too much, or parents are chasing the perfectly pampered childhood.
We’re turning out chubby, entitled, video game experts who don’t like to read or work. Not only does this translate to unprecedented rates of childhood diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, it horrendous for mental health as well.
Parents do not expect children to eat vegetables, walk places, contribute around the house, unplug and think original thoughts, or make mistakes.
This is a grave mistake that’s growing exponentially like the national debt. The price tag will escalate as the iGeneration enters the workforce. They’re going to be sicker, lazier and less productive when we need them to compete in a global market and pay for our social security.
So what’s the solution?
Parents can influence children’s behavior without being a dictator. Read my book, “Raising Able: how childhood chores counteract entitlement,” which is about to be published. It lays out a positive parenting plan to involve children in housework  while teaching responsibility and self-discipline.
The book trains the trainers. It teaches parents how to set limits, involve children in making decisions and allow children to experience life . It’s common sense. It will establish a new dynamic in your home and empower your children to make good decisions — about food and life.
My next book is tentatively titled, “Growing children to eat vegetables.” However, it’s best if parents start with “Raising Able” to get the hang of a new parenting approach before using the strategies on eating habits.
Parents can also set an example because 60 percent of adults are overweight. A child with one obese parent has a 50 percent chance of being overweight. With two obese parents, the child has an 80 percent likelihood of being overweight. That’s scary.
There’s hope. Parents have the power. Parents can advocate for vegetables. Parents can start by getting children to move more, eat less. It’s a simple formula.
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