In today’s blog, Children’s Obesity Fund co-founder Michael Omidi discusses National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
Childhood obesity is a rampant epidemic, and if it isn’t curbed early it can afflict children throughout their lives. But before any problem can be solved, it must first be acknowledged. Only through awareness and support can we band together to combat this shared threat. It is in that spirit that National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month was founded.
As many of you already know, obesity rates in the United States have skyrocketed across all age groups. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the US are obese or overweight, putting our nation’s future at risk for debilitating diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and countless others.
Throughout the month of September, organizations and individuals alike will be raising awareness of the threat of childhood obesity. This national spotlight is the perfect opportunity to get involved in your community, and bring attention to one of the greatest threats facing our children today.
One event taking place in Southern Nevada is the Great Breakfast Challenge. The event, which is being co-sponsored by Weight Watchers of Las Vegas, is designed to encourage the community to eat a healthy breakfast. As research shows that children who eat healthy breakfasts are more likely to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, this program provides a vital element to teaching children healthy eating habits.
“These youngsters are the future of our city, our state, our nation,” said Mayor Goodman. “Let’s prepare them for that future by teaching them how to make healthy choices and providing the nourishment they need.”
Children’s Obesity Fund encourages all of our readers to do what they can to support and promote National Childhood Obesity Month. You can contact your state officials to ask about events in your area, work with local organizations to organize events, or even just promote the occasion on social media. HealthFinder.gov even has a selection of pre-written tweets that can help you share the message with your followers.
Battling an epidemic like childhood obesity will take a combined effort. Spreading awareness is a vital part of the solution.
Yours in health,
Dr. Michael Omidi
Dr. Michael Omidi is a philanthropist and advocate for the health and well-being of children.