I have a mentor who I have been following around for over a year now. I was with him last week when one of his clients brought in 3 unexpected guests…3 little girls. They were 5, 10, 11 years old. Instead of doing the workout that he had planned with his client and making the girls just watch TV, he invited them to do a workout too. After checking with one another, they agreed.
It was fun watching him and all the ladies workout. And it was so awesome to see the girls really give it their all to duplicate his movements. These kids want activity and movement, but they are not getting it at school, at home, or in afterschool activities. And these girls are not alone. Gym and afterschool activities are being cut across the board, across the country. And it is creating an obesity epidemic and a health crisis in children that rivals adults. Some of these kids are facing many diseases and ailments that adults are facing, and they really don’t have a say in the matter…they don’t get to choose their food…and they really don’t dictate their activities.
The 10 and 11 year olds were both way bigger than me and had bigger breasts than me. They had grown up bodies, with little girl minds. This is not an indictment on the girls by any stretch of the imagination, but someone has got to make a change on their (and so many others) behalfs. If not, then what kind of outlook will they have? Parents have got to set the tone in the household if kids have a remote shot at being healthy. Just this week, there was an article published this week where the USDA was trying to get junk and fast food pulled from schools. (http://www.naturalnews.com/035725_USDA_nutrition_guidelines_public_schools.html#ixzz1teOLDqoo) Many people were applauding their efforts, while others were calling it a nanny-state move. Well clearly something needs to be done because many adults in these young people’s lives are dropping the ball, and this is a step in the right direction in advocating for what is best for kids. Obviously gym and other activities will go a long way too. So let’s get things on track now before it gets too dire for them.