Childhood Weight Gain and Obesity Are Becoming A Serious Problem Threatening the Health of Our Kids in Texarkana.
There’s no denying that childhood obesity has become a problem.
There are so many reasons for the problem. Kids spend their time playing video games instead of running around outside and the lack of activity has caused many kids to gain weight. Add to that the changes in diets that have progressively worsened for kids (and adults!) and we see the effects with rapidly increasing numbers of kids being overweight and obese.
Obesity isn’t just a problem in terms of kids’ appearance. It can and does impact nearly every area of their lives…
- It makes them more susceptible to diabetes and other diseases
- Kids who are overweight are more likely to be overweight as adults
- Obesity is linked to a high risk of heart disease
- Kids who are overweight struggle with very serious self esteem problems and feelings of poor self worth
- Overweight kids are more likely to be teased or bullied at school
Some kids are naturally thin. Others need more regular physical activity to keep their weight in check. We’ve found that our martial arts classes help kids shed extra pounds and keep them off.
Let’s start with the physical component of it. Martial arts classes provide an intense workout, one that burns a ton of calories.
There’s another element, too. It has to do with teaching kids to think of the food they eat as fuel for their bodies. A person who eats a healthy diet has more strength and stamina than someone who lives on junk food.
When kids ask our instructors what they eat, they tell them. They’ll talk to kids about nutrition and the role it plays in their practice of martial arts.
Kids that are interested in improving their performance in our martial arts classes are more motivated to make some of the other lifestyle changes to help them on the mats.
Texarkana Jiu Jitsu’s kid’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial arts classes helps kids attack the obesity issue from both the physical and mental perspective. When they understand that moving their bodies makes them strong and lean, and that the food they eat plays a role too, they are well on their way to developing healthy habits. They learn to appreciate their bodies for what they can do and learn how to improve their performance.
This helps them in every part of their life and helping them achieve better health has a huge impact on them now as well as heling them for the rest of their lives.
If you’re worried about your child’s weight – or if you just want to make sure that they understand how their bodies work and what fuel they need – click here to sign up for a trial membership now.
Until next time,
Coach Marc Hagebusch
4th degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt
Grappling Fight Team Texarkana
Texarkana Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Everyone Age 4 Through Adult. No experience necessary. Beginners are always welcome.
PS – In this post I talk about how our martial arts classes help kids improve their strength, coordination, and athleticism.