According to latest research findings teenage obesity in America is increasing drastically. The rates at which teenage obesity is increasing are stunning. About 15%, to give exact figures 9 million teens in America below 15 years are obese. This figure is almost three times the teen obesity figures in 1980.
There are several teenage obesity causes. The main reasons for teenage obesity are – overeating and less activity or inactivity.
Now I don’t know about you, but I think this is crazy. Inactivity?
How does that happen?
I hate to play the “When I was a kid” card, but I can’t remember me as a boy being “inactive”. It seemed we were always doing something. Scouting enhanced the activity of course and I think that has a lot to do with how I grew up. But to say that 9 million teenagers in America are obese due to over eating and lack of activity is criminal.
The effects of obesity are great and if we want healthy adults we need to start with the youngsters. If 15% are obese now..they will surely be obese when they are older.
I know that all of you (in America) get and read Scouting Magazine, and for those of you that do not you can check it out online. I thought it was interesting and appropriate that Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, has challenged all of us in Scouting to “Get Physical” with his Active Outdoor Challenge. My disappointment with this is it took up a business card section in the latest Scouting Magazine. But it is worthy and a good program.
Here are the requirements of the Challenge:
1. Get your Scout Outside and Active for 12 monthly activities.
Sailing, Kayaking, Climbing, Backpacking, Orienteering, Rollerblading, Canoeing, Caving, and Sledding. Camporee’s and Service Projects don’t count. But getting there does.. So backpack your way to camporee… incorporate a hike or bike trip to the service project.
There is a cool patch that you can receive after completing the 12 month plan. I think it is a good start in combating obesity at the troop level.
To many of our Scouts show up out of shape and on the road to obesity. We need to help the parents out by providing those Outdoor activities that will at least help them grow to healthy men.
In the Scout Oath we promise ourselves to be “Physically Strong”. That’s not all muscle. It is total health and Getting Physical in our programs helps every Scout keep his promise.
Have a Great Scouting Day!