Television segment helped stress importance of healthy eating

A friend called Monday morning, Jan. 28, to suggest I watch "The Biggest Loser," which was to air that night. Bay High School would have a short segment on the show. That was enough for me. Our high school was being given national television exposure. I would be watching.

This season, "The Biggest Loser" is focusing on childhood obesity. According to the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology, between 16 and 33 percent of American children are obese. Obesity is a major health problem which can lead to many other medical problems.

The rise in childhood obesity has caused people to take notice. Poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle are the main causes of obesity. Many parents are unaware that being overweight is a problem for their children. Getting the word out to parents  about the seriousness of childhood obesity is vital. Shows like "The Biggest Loser" and schools like Bay High can play an important part in educating the public about this sensitive and harmful condition. Awareness is the first step in eliminating childhood obesity.

Bay High School's segment of the program called attention to nutrition and the importance of eating a healthy breakfast each morning. PTA mothers participated, along with the show's chef, Devin Alexander. The segment was well done and informative.

It is my hope that local schools will become active participants in the fight against childhood obesity. Educating both children and parents about the causes and consequences of childhood obesity and good nutrition is a necessity. Providing  for a healthy future for our children is so important, let's begin today.

Dianne Borowski

Bay Village

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:26 AM, 02.05.2013