Thursday, January 13, 2011

Teen Obesity: Media and Parenting your Teens

From televisions to laptops to cell phones, electronic media have become our children's almost constant companions. Get information about how to improve your children's safety in today's complex media landscape, and what the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is doing to help.

One of the many programs the FCC is helping to educate parents with is childhood obesity.  This is a serious concern in today's society.  First Lady Michelle Obama has launched Let's Move to help Americans get back on track with their health and more importantly for their children's health and eating habits.

Children today spend as much as four and a half hours each day watching television and are influenced by the programming and advertising they see. In 2010, one out of every three American children is obese or overweight. As childhood obesity rises, there is an opportunity for the FCC to examine the impact of the media and children's television programming on this growing health concern.

Did you know:
  • One in every three children (31.7%) ages 2-19 is overweight or obese. 
  • Obesity is estimated to cause 112,000 deaths per year in the United States 
  • One third of all children born in the year 2000 are expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime 
  • The effects of childhood obesity create an estimated $3 billion per year in direct medical costs 
The FCC has expanded in so many ways to keep up with the ever evolving Internet and electronics and how they are affecting parenting and children today.
In Broward County, Family Nutritition Program works to improve nutrititional skills for low-income families.
Visit Parent's Place online from the FCC for more fantastic information.

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