Did you see the article yesterday about the 9-year-old who lost 65 pounds?!

Breanna Bond weighed 186 pounds when her parents took charge of her health and helped her lose weight. Through family exercise and a healthier diet, they were able to help her lose 65 pounds:

Breanna and her mother now work out at least an hour and 15 minutes every day. Breanna has also joined a swim team, a competitive cheer team and a basketball team to stay active.

“Sometimes my body just says, ‘Lay down, I don’t want to do it,'” Breanna says. “My mom keeps me going.”

As of this week, Breanna had lost 65 pounds and is down to 121 pounds — 6 pounds from her goal weight. At that point, the Bond family will switch to “maintenance mode,” where healthy eating and staying active will continue to play a big role in their everyday lives.

 

While this is an incredible story for Breanna and her family, the statistics are quite scary:

About 12.5 million children 2 to 19 are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That extra weight can lead to serious health problems, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and psychosocial issues such as peer discrimination or poor self-esteem.

 

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but experts say that this young generation is going to be the first ones that don’t outlive their parents. Which is incredibly scary. And preventable.

I wish schools weren’t cutting gym classes and that “big” business didn’t have a place in school cafeterias. But sadly, that’s the case… and it just means parents have to work that much harder to help keep their kids healthy, happy and fit!

Anyways. Off my soapbox. Speaking of healthy and happy:

8 miles this morning

Woof. I haven’t had a weekday run that long since I was training for Boston this spring. Which makes me sad… work life in NYC eats up so much time that seriously there aren’t enough hours in a day to do what I want to do. <end rant>

To get these miles in, I sacrificed my squats and burpees for the day. But that means tomorrow will be double the work… hope my legs are prepared!

 

What do you think about the child obesity issue? Is it up to parents to work harder to keep their kids healthy? What’s the longest weekday run on your schedule? 



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