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Is THIN going extinct?
Nearly a third of our children are overweight or obese.
And the numbers continue to rise.
Childhood Obesity is a serious epidemic.
We're at risk of raising
"supersized" kids who may live sicker and die
younger than the generation before them.
Because at younger and younger ages we're
starting to see children with significant medical
complications related to being obese.
Type-2 Diabetes, hypertension, elevated cholesterol.
These are illnesses that we had not seen under the
age of 20 before.
With so many of us being
overweight these days, sometimes being fat looks,
well, "normal, "but it is not, and it is dangerous.
An overweight child usually grows up to be an obese adult.
We're in the midst of an epidemic of
obesity in this country, between fast foods,
greasy foods, and sugary drinks.
If we don't change what we do
we will be a society of obese
people, and I don't thing anybody wants that.
It's very scary and it's very real. That's why we need
to do something about it now.
♪ ♪
Is it "baby fat" or what?
How do you know if your child is a healthy weight?
This is the Cordero Family.
Ten year old Elijah has always been a big boy.
I always thought he was bigger, but I didn't really think that
there was a problem.
We didn't have much food growing up.
I figured if they had a full belly
they'd be happy you know.
I guess I always thought
he was big boned. I just thought, you know, he is
eating every meal, it's good.
"Here's his growth chart"
A doctor's visit told a different story.
Elijah's Body Mass Index,
or BMI, showed his weight was growing faster than
his height. A BMI is a simple height-to-weight
ratio that provides a useful snapshot of whether
a child is overweight for his or her age.
I was shocked.
I guess I didn't realize what we were doing to him.
A BMI above the 85 percentile indicates a
child is overweight. It means the child weighs
more than 85% of their peers. Above 95% means the
child is obese.
The borderline diabetes is
what scared me the most. And I just thought, you
know, I don't want him to have to give himself shots
every day you can't go back and fix it.
The Cordero's are not alone. Most parents don't realize
their child is overweight or how serious it is.
Sometimes the "chubby" kid may not stand out in our
overweight society. And it's kind of hard to
accept that more than half the people that we meet
everyday are either overweight or obese.
Many parents think their child will grow
into the extra weight.
Sometimes that's true, but 75% of the time
it is not. Two out of three overweight 10 year
olds will grow up to be obese adults.
In the past
people would think, "Oh they'll just grow out of it."
But what we're seeing now is that kids don't
grow out of it. They become obese adolescents,
they become obese young adults,
they become obese adults.
What we need to realize is that it didn't
happen in one, two, three, or even five years. It
started when the kids were 2, 3 years old.
And that's the urgency.
♪ ♪
Did you know our genes are not our Destiny?
Nine year old Anna Ota loves Guinea Pigs and
doing crafts with her Mom. But life hasn't always
been so happy. Two years ago Anna was very upset
about her weight. She would come home and cry
because kids would have called her fat. This
little girl told Anna that she was too heavy to sit
on Santa's lap.
A visit to the doctor confirmed her
fears. Anna was overweight and a borderline diabetic.
Her dad has diabetes,her grandpa has diabetes, and
my mom has diabetes. I was really worried, because if
she was that big at that age, how much bigger is
she going to get? How many more health problems is
she going to have?
Anna was lucky because they
caught her weight problem early, while she was still
growing. Prevention is key, because if we can
catch these children when they are in the category
of being overweight, catch them early and really
enforce that the principles of healthy
eating and exercise, food portions, then most of
these children still have lots of time to grow.
The goal is to slow down the weight gain and let the
height catch up as the child grows.
While Anna is younger and still growing,
nature is working right along with her.
It's much more difficult after puberty.
It's critical that we address these
issues at as young an age as possible and we are
working with the bodies physiology.
Many obese adolescents were obese children.
If you go back and look at their growth charts,
you can see that they were already above
the 96 percentile when they were 2 or 3.
They've already had a decade of obesity.

Yesenia Torres is a single mother of five.
She knows that her Latino heritage puts her family
at greater risk for obesity and its associated problems.
A lot of people from our culture is overweight.
We eat too much, and
we eat big portions of food.
An expression of love is feeding the
kids whenever they ask for food.
Its not loving them. I realize that, that's not loving
them, which I used to do that.
With David especially.
Nowhere is the Childhood Obesity crisis
more pronounced than in low-income communities
of color.
Across the country, more than 35 percent of
African American children and nearly 40 percent of
Latino children are obese or overweight, compared
with about 29 percent of white children. And one in
every two African American and Latina girls are at
risk of developing diabetes during their
lifetimes-a far higher percentage than
white girls.

Yesenia's oldest daughter, Nathaly, is one
of those statistics. She was diagnosed with
diabetes at age 15.
I felt like there was something
wrong with my body, I already knew at 12 or 13
because of all the headaches and how i felt.
Because when my
blood sugar goes down, my legs get shakey, I can't
pick up anything and it gets really hot, it's
really bad.

When Yesenia's ten-year-old son David,
began gaining excess weight, she got scared. My
son, David, was overweight, and he was
close to the obese line. She did a cholesterol
test, it was high; his blood sugar, he was on the
borderline for diabetes, and that's why it
concerned me more. I already have a daughter
with diabetes, so I didn't want David to get to that
point. It's very hard to accept the fact that our
children are overweight. Because where do the
children get their food from. They are getting it
from us. Where are they learning their habits.
They're learning it from us. So it's very emotional
to think, Gosh, my habits and my lifestyle has
caused my child to have health issues and that's
hard to accept.
I felt really bad. I didn't know what I was
doing wrong. I wanted to learn What else can I do to be
better? To feed David better. So he wasn't overweight.
The good news is things can change.
New innovative programs are showing
promise in fighting Childhood Obesity. Group
Health's Countdown to Healthy Living pilot
program is one example. The program works with the
entire family to make healthy changes.
We work with them and help them identify their
barriers to changing their lifestyles
and encouraging more physical activity in their home,
changing some of their dietary nutrition
habits in the home, and doing it together as a family.
Kids of these ages
they are not in charge. They don't buy the food,
don't control the screen time. They're not in charge.
So if you don't involve the whole family,
then the likelihood of long term success is limited.
Well, you can't just have one person do it.
You all have to jump on board. You all have to
be willing to make the changes. And if he sees us
making the changes, he will.
Making healthy changes as a family
makes all the difference.
We used to serve ourselves the large plate,
now we serve the small plate. Even my mother.
We don't call it loosing weight.
We don't call it dieting.It's a change in eating style.
It's making healthier choices.
Instead of that candy bar, how about an
apple or orange.
I feel the success rate for
children depends on the parents. So, if parents are onboard
for making changes, I find that the children
are very successful.
This is 12 year old Caleb Helm.
He loves playing sports,
scouting and playing music. Today Caleb looks
and feels great, but it wasn't always that way.
About eight he started to have a little poochy belly
on him. I figured oh, he's probably just going to
have a growth spurt really soon.
Caleb did not grow out of it.
By age 10, kids at school were teasing him
and calling him fat. Caleb was a 10 year old kid with
the weight of a 13 year old kid. He was kind of
off the charts.
Caleb's mom was also an overweight child.
She knows first-hand what it can do
to your self-esteem.
I really felt isolated. Felt like I
couldn't do something because I was
conscious about my body.
The psychosocial and emotional factors
associated with a child being overweight
are just as significant as the medical
complications actually. Most obese
children do have low self-esteem, they have
problems with being bullied at school, they're
being teased, which causes some of them to be
introverts; it can be very devastating to them as
individuals. Everyday he asks, does it look like
I'm loosing weight. Everyday he asks. So I
know he cares about it.
They have no peer support because the may not have
alot of friends, and so what makes them feel good is to eat
food. So it's kind of vicious circle.

Small changes can make a BIG difference in your health.
We used to eat out all the time. Breakfast, lunch,
dinner, Oh hey, let's go get ice cream, you know.
Got rid of the pop, that was the
first. We'd go through a case of pop a day easy.
Eating out, the McDonald's every morning. Three
sausage McMuffins on his way to school. (Five.
Five. He'd eat five easy)
I used to just be happy that they
ate breakfast. I wouldn't care what they ate
for breakfast,as long as it was breakfast. So, a
plate of nachos was perfectly acceptable as
long as he was eating. Come home after school and
grab some chips and a pop. Sit down and watch TV on
the couch.
So I brought five pounds of fat, and I
want everybody to touch it, to look at it. I'm
going to pass it around the table.
Those days are long gone. The Countdown for Healthy
Living classes were a real eye opener.
that's when I got more scared about what we were eating.
I saw the junk!
I went home that night, after the first group
meeting, and I cleared my whole kitchen out. by the
time we were done, we had two garbage bag fulls.
So this one is a hamburger. It's 410 calories. I find
most of it is people are just not educated in how
to be healthy. They haven't had the
information on how to provide a healthy
lifestyle for themselves or for families.
Keeping a food journal is a great
way to get started.
Once you started seeing on paper, written down what
you're doing it really started kicking in. They
would have us measure out all the food. All the food
intake that he was eating down to calories, portions
and ounces. On the peanut butter you put on the
sandwich and the slice of bread. Once you start
writing it all down, it's just amazing how much
you're putting in your mouth. It taught us a lot
lot we didn't even know we were doing. Not just to
him, to ourselves, you know.

Food gives our body
the energy it needs to do the activities we love. To
maintain a healthy weight, we need to balance the
amount of energy or calories we take in in the
form of food with energy we use by being active.
Unfortunately, most of us suffer from portion distortion.
We're just eating way too much. Big portions.
Especially once we start seeing how big
the portions really are supposed to be. I was
times-ing them by six easy. Big big portions.
Food portion sizes have really grown over the last
20 years. And, not just in restaurants, at home too.
Many times our plate arrives with enough food
on it for two or even three people. Hamburgers
have expanded by 23 percent; a plate of
Mexican food is 27 percent bigger; Soft drinks have
increased in size by 52 percent; Snacks are 60
percent larger. So it's not surprising that our
kids are getting larger too. Studies show, if it
is there, we eat it, whether we are full or
So what is a normal portion size anyway?
A portion size for meat, chicken or fish is roughly
the size of a deck of cards. For potatoes, rice
or pasta it's roughly the size of the palm of your
hand, or one cup. Vegetables, however are
pretty much all you can eat.
But, it's not only
that we eat too much, It is what we're eating.
They had all these different displays. Just the fat
content in the meat, sugar in sodas.
how much oil was in each snack.
And you can see it and feel it. You could
touch it. We wanted to wring our bodies out.
Today, 23% of our grocery dollars goes
toward processed packaged foods. That has more than
doubled in the last 20 years. It's fast, easy and
inexpensive. But it comes at a price. Most processed
packaged foods are full of added sugars, fats, and
salt. It was so scary, really scary it was like
Oh My God, I'm feeding my kids that! But equally
troubling is what has been removed from our food.
Processed foods are often stripped of nutrients and
fiber designed by nature to protect your body and
keep you healthy. 13. Okay there was 13 teaspoons in
this bottle. What kids are drinking is also part of
the problem. Most Kids consume over 100 pounds of
sugar a year. Much of it in sugary drinks and soda.
An enormous amount of sugar. They showed it
granulated so you actually could see how much sugar
you're putting in your body.

Our bodies need to move. Run, jump, bend, and play.
At least 60 minutes every day.
When we were kids we used to play, kick the can,
that sort of thing. We learned that
from other people in our neighborhood.
These days there is a lot of electronic gadgetry
kids don't play as much as they used to.
Mounting research shows that the amount of time a
child spends watching TV and using other media is
linked to their body weight. Too much "screen
time" translates into less exercise time and bigger
waistlines. Studies show that Kids with TVs in
their bedrooms are twice as likely to be obese.
Plus, The American Academy of Pediatrics' recently
reported that our children," watch too much
TV, don't get enough exercise, see too many
junk food ads and don't get enough sleep." It's no
wonder our kids our overweight.

Moving more as a family is key.
But it's not necessarily about getting a health club
membership or joining a sports team.
We focused on physical activity as a
family. So whether that meant walking in the park,
doing jazzercise in your home. What we wanted was
the family, as a unit, to just move more.
We discovered that it was important to have the
parents involved. We didn't for the first
session. The parents didn't do the physical
activity with us. And we discovered if we re-taught
them how to play, allowed them to be silly with
their kids that seemed to break down a lot of
barriers and get them more active in the time they
weren't here with us.
Role modeling is key. As a parent
you have to be willing to participate and
model the behavior that you want your child to
pick up.

Snacks are important because we don't
want to be so hungry at dinnertime that we
overeat. Caleb got to be around other kids that
were experiencing the same type of things that he was
experiencing. He got to talk about what it was
like to feel excluded, teased, and know that he's
not the only one. Some of these kids have changed
schools many times because of bullying. Some of them
have never felt like they fit in or that others paid
much attention to them in a positive way so this is
an environment where they did feel like they fit in,
they got to do everything that everyone else was

At 15, Michelle James was overweight.
Everything revolved around food, whether it was,
because I was sad or because I was happy, you
know. It was all about the food.
Now, at 32, Michelle
can still remember the pain of growing up
overweight. I didn't really dwell on the fact
that I was overweight because it was too hard.
I would never joke about my weight. I was not one of
those people that would just make light of it
because it really did bug me.
Michelle was the only
heavy one in her family. I wasn't the pretty one.
I wasn't the skinny one. That was my sister.
Looking back, Michelle can pinpoint a string of
tragic events that coincide with her
ballooning weight. I have had a lot of loss. I love
people with my whole heart. But then when
they're gone, it's like my whole heart hurts. To ease
the pain, Michelle began to over eat. I didn't know
what to do, with the feelings of loss and of
grief and the hurt and pain. I didn't really have
anyone to talk to, so you just eat. And it just kind
of makes everything go away for a period of time.
There are some kids who've had a normal weight, or
maybe slightly higher weight their whole lives.
And then something happens. And it can be a
significant life event. It could be a car accident
involving a family member or it could be a loss in
the family, a divorce. Some major life event. For
some kids it can happen very quickly. You can see
8-10 pounds in a month.
Being an overweight teenager affected
Michelle's self-confidence. It was hard to make
friends and easy to fall in with the wrong crowd.
She made some poor choices.
Especially when it came to dating boys.
I ended up pregnant at 17, my senior year of
high school. I just think a lot of it had to do with
my weight, because I was overweight and struggled
with self-confidence. I chose to date someone who,
you know, wasn't really concerned about me.
Two weeks after Michelle graduated from high
school, she made the tough decision to give her baby
up for adoption. It was one more loss to deal with.
That was a major loss at 18. And what do
you do with that as an 18 year old. You just eat.
I ate.

Elmo's off to school...
Three years ago, Michelle had had enough I
looked in the mirror, and I had become a person
I didn't recognize. And I thought this is not the
person I want to be, and it started with working
through my feelings and realizing how I had been
eating myself into a hole. Michelle is married now
with a beautiful daughter and another child on the
way. With the help of a church group, a nutrition
plan and lots of exercise Michelle has lost over 80
pounds over the last 3 years. She is dedicated to
living a healthy lifestyle and being fit. I don't
feel like my life is controlled by my next
meal. There's a freedom in being able to say No to
certain foods. And there's a freedom that comes in
being able to go out and run a mile, that's freeing
to feel like your body works the way it was
created to work. It's freedom.
After two years,
David, Anna, Caleb and Elijah are also seeing
positive results. I see a big result on David. He
lost about 15 pounds. He is a different kid.
He didn't used to fit in a lot of clothes. Now, he's
so excited it's loose on him.
And then I noticed she's loosing weight
and her doctor did too. And I'm like it's
working you know, this is great.
So, it's really improved her self-esteem.
It's not going to happen over night. But if you start
making the changes, and he sees you making the
changes then he will eventually make the
. These kids are the lucky ones. Their parents are
dedicated to role modeling a healthy life style.
That's where it starts. I see it,
I hear it, I taste it, I do it, I live it. And if we
can start with moms and, and dads when the kids are
young, to role model those behaviors, that's where
we start.
And I asked him, how you feel. I feel good mom.
Look I'm so Skinny! I'm getting a six-pack.
He started cross country, and then he did
Bloomsday training, and then he wanted to play
basketball, and I think that he doesn't really
view himself as a fat kid anymore.

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