A couple of weeks ago, Jack Cafferty with CNN shared in his blog a study stating that 42% of Americans will be obese by the year 2030. He asks the questions “Where is the U.S headed if 42% of us are obese by 2030?” He ends by pointing out the fact that the report did not address the fact that 1 out of every three children are overweight or obese.
Where are you?
With your current lifestyle, are you headed in the same direction? You may or may not be, but you have an opportunity to affect the future of your children and our obese rate in America by the way you live. We can all contribute to stopping this epidemic of obesity in our children by setting an example of good health for our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Are you an example?
I see so many women today who truly care about giving their children a good education, teaching them the way of God and building character and integrity, but what about teaching them how to make the right food choices and how to exercise to live a healthier, longer life? What are the lessons you are teaching your children by what you do not what you say? What do they see?
- A yo-yo dieter, as a result of not learning how to eat a well balanced diet?
- Someone who binges and purges because of a poor body image?
- Continual weight gain because of poor eating habits or too much fast food?
- Someone who continually chooses electronics over activity or has no energy for exercise?
It is easy to think your body is all about you, which means “you may eat and exercise to look a certain way just to fit in your jeans.” May I suggest to you that there is a big difference between eating properly and exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle, than using it as a means to build up your self-worth. If we, as women, are using it as a means of building our own self-esteem, we leave the children behind without properly guiding them toward a healthy lifestyle.
We have a responsibility to be an example to our children and grandchildren by teaching them how to have a life of health and balance. I challenge you today to take charge of your health and be a role model for all those around you. May you never hear the words, “Someone go help grandma; she cannot get up from the couch by herself.”