What are your top emotions when you see an overweight or obese child?
I asked this question on Twitter recently. When it comes to the topic of childhood obesity, there is no shortage of statistics. Obesity rates have tripled. Nearly 1 in 3 is either overweight or obese. A 13 year old obese child has clogged arteries just like a 45 year old. 23 million children are in the danger of never being grand parents. Health care costs of treating obesity related diseases is in billions of dollars.
You get the point. There is no shortage of numbers and research on childhood obesity.
I have been thinking about this issue quite a lot lately. Not only because the month of September has been declared as the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Not also because I have written about this issue extensively in the past and I remain convinced that we must address childhood obesity NOW. Not because the media seems to not care about this issue anymore and Jamie Oliver’s TV show is no longer hitting prime time.
But mainly because it is depressing to realize that so many of our children seem destined to live a life of unfulfilled promise and poor health.
And I think I am just beginning to pay a little more attention to how I feel rather than try to understand the numbers and rationalize the proposed solutions.
Here are a few comments from my Twitter friends:
1. Sadness followed by 2. Anger and if I see them in an outpatient setting 3. Joy because at least I have a chance to help!
@JLevinsonRD shared her feelings:
sad, sorry, and wish there was something I could do for him/her.
Compassion. And frustration, because we could help them!
@InspiredRD shared a whole range of emotions:
All of the above RT @TwinToddlersDad Anger, Sadness, Frustration, Despair? What do you feel when you see or read about childhood obesity?
@myH_Nutrition shared her optimism:
Happy. Michelle O is doing something monumental about it.
So how do you feel about childhood obesity? What kinds of emotions do you experience? Do you feel angry, sad, frustrated or hopeless? Or a completely different emotion? Share your reactions and emotions in comments below.