How to Raise Healthy Kids in an Obese Society

How to Raise Healthy Kids in an Obese Society


One of the saddest effects on our society at the moment is that of childhood obesity.
There have been numerous studies to show why, and great efforts by doctors, nutritionists and even governments help.
The only real cure is a culture of health in our families  
In 2011–12, around 60% of Australian adults were classified as overweight or obese, and more than 25% of these fell into the obese category (ABS 2012).
Health problems related to excess weight impose substantial economic burdens on individuals, families and communities. Data from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) study indicate that the total direct cost for overweight and obesity in 2005 was $21 billion ($6.5 billion for overweight and $14.5 billion for obesity). The same study estimated indirect costs of $35.6 billion per year, resulting in an overall total annual cost of $56.6 billion (Colagiuri et al. 2010). – source
We were at the Sunshine Coast today to run in the Sunshine Coast 1/2 marathon. We walked past a Lorna Jane shop at Mooloolaba and in the window was a poster that said “54% of Australians have no formal exercise routine”.  



We live in Burleigh. A beautiful beach suburb on the southern end of the Gold Coast.
In the mornings on the days I run, I run to the beach and then along the beach. In spring and summer, you could be forgiven for thinking that the whole of the Gold Coast was completely healthy and exercised daily at Burleigh Beach. There are runners, bike riders, skaters, tai chi classes, group classes, weight training, surfers, swimmers, stand up paddle boarders you name it, they’re there.
We’re not just talking about being overweight, its about general health. For example; some women can eat what they want and do no exercise and be a size 8. Others can eat well, exercise every day and be size 14. Which one is healthy? Health really is not just about size.
Health is ultimately important for you and your family.  



Our 2 daughters are at the time of this writing 14 and 15. They make their own lunch for school and the only issue we have is that they leave some fruit for other people. They also have a small amount of junk food most days and a salad wrap. This has happened because from the time they first went to school, Kylie had them involved with the lunch making process, and always made up the lunches with this type of combination.
Some people don’t like any junk food for their kids, and that’s fine, whatever works best for you and your family.  



Both my girls are currently working, and pay 1/2 of the fees weekly to get up 3 mornings a week at 5am and go to cross fit. This isn’t something forced on them, we couldn’t stop them if we tried.
It’s been culture in our home to get up early to exercise, and for the most part eat healthy.
We still enjoy a bit of the naughty stuff as well. Health experts I have read recommend eating 80% healthy. This then allows for going out, eating food at parties etc.
Again, culture is bred in because of what has been demonstrated, what is allowed, and what isn’t allowed.
What can you do to breed a culture of health into your family?