CANADIAN TEEN OBESITY
It says, I say, and so...
After reading an article about teen obesity in Canada, I picked a quote from it and invested more thought into it. Here, you'll be reading my "it says, I say, and so." In the it says box it'll include the quote or sentence I chose. In the I say box it'll include me reaction to this quote and my opinion, and in the and so box I'll talk about the significance of this quote and a solution to the problem.
“The report said most Canadian children spend too much time in front of TV and computer screens; don't get the expert-recommended 90 minutes a day of exercise; eat too much fat and junk food; consume too many sugary drinks and don't eat the recommended five daily servings of fruit and vegetables.”
The quote above is something that we hear all the time, but every time, it doesn’t get any less important. We’re always being bothered that we don’t get enough exercise and don’t eat right and have too much screen time, but I think this is important to be aware of for ourselves and maybe even the people around us. I think most people do try their best to live a healthy lifestyle but we need to try harder. I thought about how even if somebody is overweight, it doesn’t mean they aren’t healthy inside, and just because somebody is skinny or an average weight, it doesn’t mean they are healthy inside. Pretty much somebody’s weight doesn’t determine everything all the time, and although it does have an impact, different things come into play like genetics and body types and all that. Because there are people who eat the worst foods but only those but manage to stay average. Maybe because of fast metabolism or something. And these people might think they’re fine but they’re at risk to many health conditions, and they need to pay attention to the statement from the article just as much as an overweight person. I know this specifies Canadian children, but really, adults need this too.
I know we’re talking about kids now, so in my opinion a lot of the solution will have to come from the parents. Usually, it’s the parents going grocery shopping and loading the cart with food that they choose, with suggestions and everything but they have the main control. They need to provide their kids with healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while keeping the junk food to a minimum. Sure, as the kids turn into teens the parents have less control but they need to make sure they’re raising their child into living a healthy lifestyle. And that’s just the diet. Parents also need to monitor the kids screen time and make sure it doesn’t go past the healthy limit. This is one hour a day and that’s probably very difficult and most people don’t achieve it, but all I’m saying is that when a child is on their phone or computer 8 hours a day, they need to step up and explain the consequences and necessary change. This ties in with exercise. Again, the parents can sign up their kids in different sports or make sure they go outside for a specific time everyday instead of being locked up in their room using technology. That being said, the parents do need to have a solid grasp on their kids lifestyle when they’re younger, but as they grow up they’ll have control of what they eat and how they spend their time. And I don’t just mean when they become adults. A lot of teens and even pre-teens are quite independent now a days, and usually if they grow up in a proper lifestyle, they’ll be used to it and continue, but it’s still important for them to be taught what’s too much at a young age. Families could go grocery shopping together. This way, the kids could learn how to read labels and find the right things to eat. Even though, usually the parent knows best, the kid needs to know how to manage their own life and when to exercise. The parents can’t be dragging their kids to the park, so it’s important to know about the consequences and health benefits. There could be more about this kind of thing taught at schools, too. Then we’re forced to listen and to talk about it, which will really bring awareness to this issue. Advertisements and PSAs can be made too, since a lot of us spend a lot of time online and will come across one pretty easily.