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Myth 19: I'm Already Overweight So Why Bother?

Pediatric Fitness

Myth 19: I'm Already Overweight So Why Bother?

There are many misconceptions about proper nutrition and exercise. Nutritionists from the Pediatric Fitness Clinic explore different myths and misconceptions, the truth behind them, and offer suggestions for what you can do instead.

Myth: I’m already overweight, so why bother?

Truth: No matter your weight, you deserve to be healthy. Being healthy and getting fit often takes work, so remember small changes can make a big difference.

No matter your weight, you deserve to be healthy. Being healthy and getting healthy often takes work, so remember small changes can make a big difference. It's never too late to start exercising and eating well.

Try This Instead

  1. Focus on the positive. People who eat well and exercise regularly feel better and have more energy. They also do not get sick as often.
  2. Think about what you want to be when you grow up. Where do you want to be? What do you want to be able to do? The beauty of our human body is that we can change and we can make a difference.
  3. Choose one change that would make you a healthier boy or girl. Now, choose one action step that would bring you closer to that change. Perhaps your first step is choosing to have white milk with lunch versus chocolate milk.

Parental Advice

Chronic diseases seen in adults often start during childhood. Children's bodies are very good at adaptation, but only for a time. They appear healthy, just overweight. They don't feel sick, but brewing inside is the increasing risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart, kidney and liver disease. In the next 10 to 20 years of their lives, they are going to start feeling sick.

If we as parents can prevent this for our children as well as ourselves, it will be one of the best gifts we can give this generation. Consider making an appointment at the Pediatric Fitness Clinic. Our providers can help the entire family develop goals and make small changes that will make a big difference.