Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wellness Wednesday

Legs of a young man running
HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, as well as a couple of private organizations, produced a series that focuses on the food and weight issue among Americans.  The series can be viewed in its entirety here.  Unfortunately for me, my internet connection has not cooperated and I have not been able to view the entire program.  

One interesting (and frightening) fact I learned is that medical studies (i.e., autopsies) have shown that children who are overweight or obese already show physical signs of heart disease as a result of their weight problem.  Thus, the current childhood obesity trend is doubly alarming.  Not only is it likely that these children will continue to be obese in adulthood and suffer from the associated debilitating diseases, they will have already experienced early damage to their cardiovascular systems before reaching adulthood.  These findings underline the importance of teaching children as young as two or three to eat healthy foods and to engage in regular physical activity.

For those of you with decent internet service, let me know what you think of the program.  

1 comment:

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

And Nashville is being presented in the doc. as a model healthy city! It's not all fried Snickers bars and bloomin' onions 'round here... we have an annual marathon!