NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, “The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Poor Health Habits Threaten the Future of America’s Youth”, which exposes the need for more interaction between doctors and parents to combat childhood obesity. Download it HERE!
The Northeast region is known for its climate: varying between beautiful summers and frigid winters. Exercise is promoted throughout the region thanks to the numerous trails and bike paths that wind through nature. Not only does this make the beautiful scenery more accessible, but it provides the cheapest form of exercise for Northeasterners. Couple this with numerous seafood ports and the accessibility to fresh food, and it is no surprise that Northeasterners sit among the lowest of any region in childhood obesity rates.
Can It Be Controlled?
As reported by The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Poor Health Habits Threaten the Future of America’s Youth, more than half of Northeasterners (65 percent) believe that childhood obesity is a significant problem in the U.S. Eighty-nine percent of the region believes that diet and exercise, controllable factors, are the biggest causes of childhood obesity. And since Northeasterners are surrounded with many environmental resources, parents and adults in the region can help lower childhood obesity rates by simply encouraging their children to be outside more often.
Support at Home
Just over a third of Northeasterners — 37 percent — said they could do a better job of encouraging their children to exercise. And The Childhood Obesity Epidemic reports that 38 percent of Northeasterners said they could do a better job of providing healthy food options for their children. Mixing in plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats into children’s diets is a good way to stay on the right track. Unfortunately, Northeasterners lead all regions with 22 percent of children in the region eating fast food twice per week. Since most options at these restaurants are not healthy, consuming less fast food meals could have a drastic impact on lowering childhood obesity rates.
This is where healthcare providers can help. The Childhood Obesity Epidemic reports that 22 percent of Northeasterners feel that text messages with personalized tips from doctors between visits could help them manage their children’s weight. Receiving this support from healthcare providers can help both young and old in their fight against obesity.