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September is National Child Obesity Awareness Month. Why do titles like this exist? It is as if they're saying, "Hey everyone, we know you're busy, but in case you haven't noticed, there are a bunch of obese kids around".

How about National Kid's in Shape Month? Why not National Healthy Children Month? I don't know, obesity awareness sounds depressing.

Maybe it sounds depressing because it is depressing. Nothing can depress us like the numbers, so let's look at the numbers.

The numbers the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition gives is one in six kids is obese, one in three is overweight.

Now that we're aware, what do we do? As with almost any other issue, we can always visit the website. At the website there is a six-week plan to get you and your kid in shape.

This is where the awareness stops and the futility begins. I can give you a simple fitness plan that will work; for the next six weeks, eat less and exercise more.

Got it? Good, there's the door, go get in shape.

Becoming physically fit is never about the plan. Losing weight is never about a project.

Health and fitness begin and end with mentality. No one can change their body until they change their thoughts about food and exercise.

We cannot help a child get in shape unless we help them replace their thoughts about food and exercise.

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Eggface Sept. 17, 2012 @ 12:40 p.m.

Anyone who is fighting this war on a personal level knows obesity is a complex multifaceted issue and more than the simple math of calories in, calories out. Eating healthy and moving more is definitely a huge part but how about rethinking chocolate milk, pizza (considered a vegetable) and french fries (also a vegetable) in schools, not cutting gym and sports programs, making streets and parks safer so families can walk and play in them. Create jobs with wages that don't have people struggling to make ends meet (Little Debbie $1 a box, Pasta $1 a box versus Fish, Chicken, Apples several $'s a pound) and work so many hours that the dollar menu drive thru becomes the option. Stop Government subsidizing of junk food ingredients. Educate people (start in elementary school) about nutrition and portion size. Require insurance coverage of prevention and treatment of obesity versus just the diseases caused by it. Just a start.

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Garrett Harris Sept. 18, 2012 @ 12:25 a.m.

You make some good points. I'll address some of them in the next post. Thanks for the comment!

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