Fighting Childhood Obesity a Family Affair

6 years 6 months 4 weeks ago September 01, 2010 Sep 1, 2010 Wednesday, September 01 2010 Wednesday, September 01, 2010 9:38:48 AM CDT in News
Source: News Service
KANSAS CITY - September brings the first-ever National Childhood Obesity Awareness month in Missouri. Obesity rates in children have soared over the last four decades, with an estimated 23 million children and teens in the United States considered either obese or overweight. It's all the more reason for the first-ever National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, which kicks off Sept. 1.

Dr. Sarah Hampl, medical director of weight management programs at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, says she can't stress enough that children need balanced meals as well as regular physical activity - and most can't do it alone.

"We know that it really isn't very successful or sustainable for kids to make these lifestyle changes by themselves when the rest of the family is not on board."

According to Hampl, contributing factors to obesity include too much "screen time" in front of televisions and computers, drinking too many sugary drinks, skipping breakfast, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, and eating too many meals outside the home.

She knows that keeping kids healthy can be difficult when socioeconomic factors are part of the equation. For some families, the closest food may be at a convenience store and there are few opportunities for physical activity in some neighborhoods.

"Families that are in lower-income communities are less willing to let their kids go outside by themselves. So, they have to stay inside, and one of the main things that lots of kids do when they're confined indoors is watch TV."

She also points out that even children who are active often spend mealtimes in the car and on the go, which makes it difficult to have strong and healthy bodies.

"So, while we've encouraged the physical activity, we want to make sure that they're fueling their bodies with the healthiest items that they can."

Hampl manages the "PHIT" program at Children's Mercy, which stands for "Promoting Health in Teens and Kids." She says kids who are part of the program have shown significant decreases in body mass index, triglyceride levels and sugared beverage consumption. Their long-term fitness progress, she adds, will be a family affair.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri residents are one step closer to being able to get a driver's license that... More >>
1 hour ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:00:00 PM CDT in News
KINLOCH, Mo. (AP) — Police say human remains found last month in the St. Louis suburb of Kinloch are those... More >>
1 hour ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Emergency Medical Service Association (MEMSA) and the University Hospital collaborated to bring new technologies and medical... More >>
1 hour ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 3:43:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Despite making up more than half of the American population, women only make up 24.8 percent of... More >>
2 hours ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 3:32:20 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a bill that would repeal the state's "prevailing wage" law... More >>
2 hours ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 3:15:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens announced Thursday that Anna Hui will become the new Director of the Department of... More >>
2 hours ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 3:03:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
SEDALIA - Two Pettis County Ambulance District (PCAD) employees were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing from the organization. ... More >>
3 hours ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 2:34:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House passed a bill overturning a St. Louis ordinance that seeked to protect women... More >>
5 hours ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:38:00 PM CDT in News
Updated 3/30 4:00 Two other people, 51-year-old Donald Nussbaum and 56-year-old James McChan, were charged Thursday with allegedly taking... More >>
6 hours ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:18:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The president of Lincoln University traveled to the nation's capital Thursday to seek higher funding for higher... More >>
6 hours ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 10:59:00 AM CDT in News
TROY (AP) — An eastern Missouri woman has been ordered to spend 60 days in prison for her role in... More >>
7 hours ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 10:00:00 AM CDT in News
PINEVILLE (AP) — A jury in southwestern Missouri's McDonald County has convicted a man of a lesser felony domestic assault... More >>
7 hours ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:54:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A grand jury in Missouri's Cole County has indicted a Jefferson City man in connection with... More >>
7 hours ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:45:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Zoo officials said a new $11-million grizzly bear exhibit is expected to open in... More >>
8 hours ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:13:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led House has squashed an attempt by Democrats to expand Medicaid eligibility. Members... More >>
18 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:25:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Less than a week away from election day, and Columbia City Council candidates are still working to out... More >>
19 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:49:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - People looking for jobs and education opportunities will have the chance to meet employers and educators at... More >>
20 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:31:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prosecutors say a Nigerian citizen living in St. Louis was part of a stolen identity fraud... More >>
23 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:35:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 51°
6pm 56°
7pm 55°
8pm 53°
9pm 51°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
5:30p
American Dad!
6:00p
Family Guy
6:30p
Family Guy

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Superstore
7:30p
Powerless
8:00p
Chicago Med
9:00p
The Blacklist: Redemption
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Riverdale
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld