While I’ve moved most of the infographics I find to my Pinterest account, I wanted to capture and share this one from Stephen Wilkin’s blog since it hits so many of the points that I try to make with people.
This season, on The Biggest Loser, they’ve invited 3 kids to be ambassadors for childhood obesity. They aren’t living on the ranch, but they are coming out for some of the challenges. In last night’s show, they quizzed the contestants on several facts about childhood obesity. They were pretty scary. I thought I’d share them here with the research to support them (or at least as close to the questions as I can remember).
How many hours of screen time to kids have per day?
- 4.5 hours
- The recommendation is to get it to 2 hours a day or less (outside of school and work).
What percentage of kids age 6-11 are obese?
- 20% per the CDC
What percentage of parents with obese kids don’t think their kids are obese?
- 77% from one study
How fast has childhood obesity grown in the past 30 years?
What is the primary source of calories for kids?
There are lots of efforts in this area. Here’s a few links to resources:
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A clinician was talking to me he other day about “sitting disease“. They said that our increasingly sedentary lifestyles are causing all kinds of problems – not least of them being obesity.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share this article and Infographic…
Office workers can exercise at their desk to get into better shape
Stuck working in an office with no time to hit the gym on a regular basis? There are ways to burn off a few calories during office hours, says Selen Razon, a physical education professor at Ball State.
“Studies have shown that long periods of inactivity — including sitting at your desk — increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer,” she says. “I suggest that people do a few simple exercises to get their bodies moving and then stretching and toning at your desk. Moving a little goes a long way.”
• Start exercising before arriving at your desk by first parking your car as far away from the building as possible and then walking.
• Take the stairs whenever possible.
• Do exercises at your desk, including flexing arms, legs and abs on 30-second intervals.
• Get rid of a chair and sit on a medicine/fitness ball while working. Sitting on a ball will tone and strengthen your abs.
• Stand up and/or take short walks every 20 minutes at desk. Studies show even simple frequent standing breaks significantly decrease your chances of getting diabetes.
• Exchange the typical desk for one that allows you to stand, which burns more calories.
• Bring gadgets to the office. Hand grippers and stretch cords are relatively cheap and can provide great outlets for keeping active while you look at your screen.