USA Today reports obese teens who want to lose weight don’t know how to. U.S childhood obesity rates have tripled over the past three decades so the government decided it’s finally time to do something about it. The study showed obese girls who were trying to lose weight were more likely to engage in at least 60 minutes of exerciseeach day, but they were also more likely to consume a soda on a daily basis.
Obese males who were trying to lose weight did not exercise and spent three hours a day playing video games. These were the kids who were trying to lose weight? What were the kids doing who weren’t trying to lose weight? Dr. Yolandra Hancock from Children’s National Medical Center said “the study demonstrates a clear lack of understanding about how (many) calories are burned during exercise…To burn off the calories in one sugary soda, you need to run a mile, and most teenagers don’t engage in that level of physical activity.
Despite the fact the doc doesn’t realize all calories aren’t the same so calories in vs. calories out is bogus, she does have an “easy” solution for obese teens. It’s the easy to understand 5-2-1-0 rule
5 fruits or vegetables
2 hours or less of screen time
1 hour of physical activity
0 sugary beverages…or very little.
I’ll take 5 orders of fries, play video games 3 hours(average for teen trying to lose weight) but one hour will be dance dance revolution. And I’ll drink nice heart healthy diet cokes! I’ll be healthy in no time!