Every year, raising a healthy child becomes more challenging. It begins with whattype o baby ood to buy, then progresses to what type o dinners to make. Thenthere are the sweet ruit juices, the yummy happy meals, the tasty ruit snacks andthe sugary sot drinks. Beore you know it, the holidays roll around and promotechocolate hearts, marshmallow bunnies, Halloween candy and candy canes. Withthe increasing popularity o video games and television programming and lack ophysical activity, it’s becoming increasingly harder to raise a ft child.According to the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity hastripled since 1980. Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance o becomingoverweight or obese as adults. That statistic increases by 10 percent when a parentis overweight. These alarming studies illustrate how important a parent’s role inpromoting amily ftness has become. Ater all, or the frst 18 years o a child’s lie,parents are able to control and manage most o their child’s daily activities and oodconsumption. Raising a ft amily comes with many challenges, but with the rightattitude, consistency, determination and desire, your amily can beat the statistics.
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