Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Lollipops ( holiday day trip no. 2)
Today we were going to have a picnic lunch with some of Madeleine's friends, and their families. It was SO windy we decided to do something indoors instead. Lollipops, an indoor playground, was the venue of choice.
Me, taken by Madeleine

And, a little observation... there are so many overweight children out there. I know we all wish we could lose a few kilos at times, but it is sad to see so many unhealthy children.

Australian children are growing fatter at a rapid rate. The number of overweight children has doubled in recent years. Causes of obesity in children include unhealthy food choices, lack of physical activity and family eating habits. This rise in the number of overweight children is disturbing because it causes health problems and can lead to social problems, as overweight children are more likely to be teased by their peers. Once children are overweight, it also requires a lot of effort and commitment for them to return to a healthy weight. Levels of childhood obesity are increasing at alarming rates in many countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. In Australia, one in five children and adolescents are either overweight or obese. From 1985 to 1995 the number of overweight 7–15 year olds almost doubled. The numbers of obese children has more than tripled. At the current rate, it is predicted that 65 per cent of young Australians will be overweight or obese by 2020.

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