Obesity Affects Kids
Obese Kids Face A Lifetime Of Hardships
I can tell you from my own personal experience, that being obese as a child is no fun.
I remember many embarrassing moments such as:
- Not being able to buy my clothes in the Boy’s Department, but having to go to the Men’s Department;
- Every pair of pants I ever owned had to be altered in order to fit properly;
- Having to buy clothes that were labeled “Stocky” and “Portly”;
- Constantly being asked by family and friends when I was going to lose weight;
- Kids calling me fatty;
- Kids throwing me on the ground during recess and playing a game called “Whale on the Beach” – Guess who was the whale ???
That’s just a few examples of what I went through.
As bad as that was, I’m sure it’s worse nowadays . . .
That list only begins to address the social issues. It doesn’t even begin to address the issues of health.
Let’s Look At Some Of The Health Issues
This information is quoted directly from the public website for the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention:
Immediate health effects:
- Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
- Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.
- Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
Long-term health effects:
- Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adultsand are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.
- Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
So I ask, why on Earth are we allowing this to continue ???
Having Obese Parents Affects Kids
Having obese parents affects kids in several ways.
Among these are:
- Obese parents are setting a poor example for their kids;
- Because they’re a poor example, the kids themselves are more likely to be obese;
- Obese parents are more likely to be sick, or at a minimum aren’t physically able to do as many things with their kids as most other parents;
- Having to care for obese parents who are sick puts financial and emotional hardships and strains on the kids; and
- Obese parents are more likely to die at a younger age.
And that’s just the list I came up with “off the top of my head”
Childhood Is Supposed To Be About Having Fun, Not Dealing With Social Issues & Health Issues
When our children are overweight or obese, they are being cheated out of part of their childhood.
When we allow our children to be overweight or obese, we are cheating them out of part of their childhood.
Trust me, I know it’s not easy getting an overweight or obese child to lose weight. It’s even harder for a parent to do it when they’re also overweight or obese.
Well, there’s only one way to do it, and that’s by telling the kids the truth.
Kids are smarter than most people think.
Kids are stronger than most people think.
They can handle the truth, quite often much better than the adults around them.
Here at EON, we’ve decided the best way to get the message out to kids is to do it in graphic form. With that in mind, we’ve created the comic strip known as Captain EON, which will be available through the most common forms of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Additionally, we are making the strip available for online viewing at CaptainEON.com
Here’s a little bit of background about the cast of characters:
Todd Stewart, 11 year old, 5th grade honors student at Boycetown Elementary.
Although only 11, Todd weighs 212 pounds and is continuing to grow heavier
He is 4 foot 10 inches tall.
He is constantly teased at school, especially by kids who resent him for being so smart.
Todd’s best (and really only) friend.
She’s also 11 and a fellow classmate of Todd’s.
She is 4 foot 7 inches tall and is normal weight.
She likes Todd for his brains and the fact he’s really, deep down, a great person (unfortunately she’s the only one who sees him for who he truly is).
A fellow classmate of Todd and Molly’s.
He’s the class bully.
He’s big and is pretty much an athlete, but isn’t a very good student.
He runs a gang that includes 3 other classmates named, George, Bart and Jeff.
Krista Stewart – Todd’s Mother
She loves Todd dearly, but constantly overfeeds him and feeds him the wrong foods.
Because he is such a good student, Krista gives Todd whatever he wants.
Krista is 37 and in terrible physical health.
She weighs 310 pounds and is only 5 foot 4 inches tall.
Defender and Protector of overweight kids everywhere.
He is on a personal mission to not only protect these kids, but to help educate them, motivate them and empower them to tackle their obesity issues “head on”.
Unbeknownst to the public, Captain EON was massively obese for most of his life.
His secret identify remains a mystery . . .
We hope you will enjoy reading the Captain EON strips as much as we are enjoying creating them.
Until next time, may you find your path by walking it . . .
About The Author
Stanley F. Bronstein
Attorney, CPA and Author
President and Member Board of Directors
As his 50th birthday grew nearer, Stanley decided enough was enough. He was tired of living a life of obesity.
Since February 2009, Stanley has dropped from a weight of 320 pounds to the mid-190s. He has gone from a life of inactivity to walking a half-marathon daily and full marathons on many weekends.
His latest book in what he calls his “iWarriorWalk Pathfinder Series” is designed to help people ask (and answer) key questions about themselves. Stanley believes that the only way We The People of the United States are going to solve our problems (especially the growing problem of obesity) is by asking the right questions and by coming up with appropriate answers.
Through Foundation EON, he hopes to help you (and America) do just that.