Many of today’s kids may be heading towards health problems that used to be associated with adults only.
Every year, heart disease ends lives early, drains family savings and impacts the quality of people’s lives. New statistics find that many young people are making choices that could lead to these problems down the road.
According to the American Heart Association’s 2012 numbers, nearly 32% of kids and teens ages 2 to 19 are now overweight or obese. This puts them at higher risks for higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure levels.
About 30% of high school girls and 17% of high school boys surveyed reported that they hadn’t had 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity even once in the past week. Experts recommend this much at least five days per week. Additionally, nearly 20% of high school students said they smoked cigarettes.
Parents can help their kids make smart choices by making healthy eating and physical activity a family affair.