Children And Exercise Essay

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     In our society today one of the most difficult problems we are facing is the large numbers of obesity in our children. One of the major factors in that is this; our children have become less physically active. At an early age children start watching TV, learn how to operate a computer, and play video games. Having technological skills is now a necessity in all of our lives because everything has turned “computerized,” but the fact is that our children are relying on these types of entertainment rather than getting up and physically exercising to entertain them selves. This directly affects the large number of obese children in our country today because of the lack of physical exercise. It is not that we want …show more content…
Children are always watching and learning, and even as an adult, a son or daughter will still be influenced by their parents whether it be for something happening present time, or in the past. If a parent has a healthy exercise routine then it is likely that the child will want to pick that habit up as well. But on the other side, if a parent does not have good exercise habits, then the child will likely pick that up as well. As parents, our nation has become fixated on putting our kids in front of a TV to occupy time. We think if we can put our children down in front of that TV and be able to walk away and “not have to deal with them” then we have accomplished something. But in doing that, all that happens is that the child becomes dependent on TV entertainment. Then when “Dad” gets home each night he sits down in his lazy chair and watches TV until he goes to sleep. To the child, this just reassures the fact that watching television is a daily routine for everybody. Susan Kalish put it right on the dot when she said this; “Children are a reflection of their parents, and their society. If children are taught by sedentary, over weight teachers, brought up by inactive parents, and watch their grandparents retire only to sink into armchairs, it should surprise nobody that youngsters follow the examples they see.” (Kalish) But if “mommy and daddy” knew all of the risks of their child NOT exercising then they might want to