The other day, I was walking from the courthouse to my car. Across the street is our Civic Center and they have one of those huge water fountains that sprays water everywhere. Everyday there are people there enjoying the cool refreshing water.
When I approached the fountain, I noticed this boy who was about 10 years old. He was walking ever so slowly down the stairs with his mom. His mom was very over weight and this boy was just about as big around as she was.
He was shirtless and had so many rolls in his stomach that I bet he cannot tie his shoes. There would be no way he could reach his feet.
Then I looked around and saw many overweight children frolicking in the water.
I was so sad and grieved by what I saw.
I remember when I was a chubby kid, I was the minority. Now it seems, if a kid is thin they are the minority.
These kids are so big and out of shape, that they will never know what it's like to ride a bike, or skate, or run because they are just too big!!
I am almost 49 years old and I'm just getting to do that stuff. I missed out!!! I don't want this for our children.
My daughter gives my grand daughter candy. Every time I cringe because I am fearful that she will be fat. Geez she's a kid and she should be able to have some candy. Anyway, I do notice that my daughter gives her a limited amount and then after the candy is gone, she gets her running around the house. Don't know if my daughter even realizes this herself. It's almost like here's your treat, now lets work it off. Kind of cool!
There just has to be a balance of calories and exercise. How are we going to get these kids moving? The draw of TV and video games is too strong....
What can I do???
Well so far, I pray for every person I see that is over weight. I pray that God will intervene and help them see the way to good health and fitness. Right now that's what I can do.