Children today are eating more and exercising less, and the result is an epidemic of childhood obesity that amounts to a national crisis, some studies show. Bob talks with Congressman Jay Inslee of Washington about his efforts to improve the health of America's kids through The Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (FIT Kids Act). Then, Bob talks with author Julia Griggs Havey about her advice for families trying to live healthier lives together.
Congressman Inslee says the lack of adequate physical education in public schools today is a major contributing factor to the childhood obesity epidemic. He says the FIT Kids Act would be one positive step toward integrating regular physical education back into schools—a move he says would not only improve children's health, but their academic performance and long-term health as well.
Julia Griggs Havey is also an outspoken proponent of starting kids out on the right nutritional foot. After struggling with her weight for much of her life, Julia says she lost over 130 pounds by cutting out three major vices from her life: soft drinks, fast food and TV. A mother of two, Julia says she and her husband instilled healthy habits in their own children by setting a good example themselves.
"Just because you lose weight doesn't mean that your life is less stressed or stress-free," she says. "You still have problems that exist, but learning to cope with them in a healthier way—it's the best gift as a mother that I've ever [given to] my children."
Printed from Oprah.com on Thursday, December 5, 2013