According to Idea Stream on Dec. 31st, 2013 was the year obesity was classified as a disease and for the first time in many years, adult obesity rates appear to be stabilizing in some regions. While adult obesity rates are stabilizing, childhood obesity rates are climbing. The current childhood obesity rate in the U.S is nearly percent.
“When you look at the growth chart and see your child’s weight above the average line, you feel you have failed as a mother”, said a mother from Ohio.
Another mother said, “It is difficult because if you worry about your child’s weight, you are looked at as paranoid or projecting your own insecurities. If you let your child become obese and do nothing, you are a terrible mother. Either way you can’t win. It seems like a no win scenario.”
It is wonderful that the adult obesity rates are stabilizing in some regions; however, because it has been such an epidemic, now all mothers and people in general are worried about our children’s BMI. The local schools send your child’s BMI home with a risk factor to be overweight.
“The focus should not be about losing weight”, one doctor replied. “The focus needs to be how to maintain a nutrition diet, and keeping the weight off. Losing weight is simple; many people do that every day. Keeping the weight off is a rare occurrence.”
As the New Year passes, more leaders and local officials should develop a plan to tackle obesity. After all obesity is not just a personal problem, it is a community problem. If we all focus on health, not just individual families, the war on obesity may come to an end.