Pediatric Obesity….What do you think of when you hear those words? Are there negative connotations or stigmas attached? Have these words become buzz words in our society?
When I hear the words “Pediatric Obesity” I think of a huge problem that is multifaceted with no one solution. It’s a topic that is hard to discuss. How can we as a society do anything for our kids, our community, future generations, and even ourselves to adress this epidemic when its just so prevalent?
This week I was reading a presentation from Mark Fenton MS from Tufts University. He said this;
“It’s not an obesity epidemic. It’s twin epidemics of physical inactivity and poor nutrition.”
This changed the way I thought about approaching the problem altogether. Rather than focusing on this large abstract negative issue of “Pediatric Obesity,” we should all focus on two measurable and very positive goals…
- Increase Physical Activity.
- Increase education about nutrition with consumption of healthier foods.
In the next few posts, I will be doing a series on these two goals. I will share my ideas of how we as individuals and system wide can make a difference. Please share these ideas with others. Be an advocate for increased physical activity for families and kids, and continue to learn about nutrition.
Tara Arnold, RN