IABT Junior Triathlete Ambassador and Club Member Heaven wants to share the following facts with you about childhood obesity.
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. We need to work together and fight to reverse this number. Through education and prevention tomorrow’s generation will know how to maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity is simply defined as having an excess of body fat. It is difficult to directly measure the amount of body fat of an individual. For that reason, measuring the body mass index (BMI) has become the most scientific way to determine the amount of body fat and identify obesity.
Childhood obesity happens in children with an excess body fat. The result is a negative affect on a child’s well-being and overall health. The term overweight is more commonly used for children even when they are categorically obese so it is less stigmatizing for the child.
Children who are obese have a harder time sleeping, a higher chance of asthma, allergies, and diabetes. In addition to suffering from overall poor physical health, overweight and obese children often have psychological stress which can cause low self-esteem hindering academic and social functioning, which commonly will persist into adulthood.
Doctors and scientists are concerned about the rise of obesity in children and teens because obesity may lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and many more physical ailments. Obese children and teens are more likely to be obese as adults. Working together we can stop the increasing trend of childhood obesity.
IABT Junior Tri Club kicked off its Obesity Campaign on July 1, 2016. Thus far their obesity campaign has positively impacted over 300 families in Baltimore City introducing them to strategies in how to combat this disease through multi-disciplined sports. Multi-disciplined sports are duathlons and triathlons. Duathlons are run-bike-run events. Triathlons are swim-bike-run events.
Duathlons and triathlons can be done by a single person or a group of people in a relay team (of 2 or 3) maximum. Whether done as a single entity or as a relay team, duathlons/triathlons promote communicate, team work, and enhance leadership attributes out of each person. The sports promote such diversity but still faces backlash based on one’s size, ethnicity, etc at times.
IABT encourages you to get active now. Don’t put off together what can be worked on today. Whether its swimming, cycling, running, walking, etc you can do it. Its the IABT Way. #IABTObesityCampaign
Dr. Tekemia Dorsey
Executive Director, IABT
USAT Tri Club Advisor/Coach
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