I should be setting a healthy example

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I’m now in the final year of my 20s and things are a lot different to how they were 20 years ago.

These days I have to think about what I eat and make sure I take regular exercise, otherwise I’d have to throw away my belt as my belly would be sufficient in keeping my jeans where they should be.

But back then I didn’t think twice before stuffing a bit of cake in my mouth and being an active child didn’t feel like a chore.

In the year 2013, getting my behind off the comfy sofa and putting my running shoes on isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially with two daughters who eat up all my energy.

But in 1993 exercise was just playtime.

I was a regular at Landport Adventure Playground where I’d get messy in the sandpit, whizz along the exciting zipline, play hide and seek in the castle and help clean the mess created by the playground animals such as the ducks, rabbits and Casper the goat.

I’d also ride my BMX around the streets of Fratton.

I used to love Sundays when BuyLo (Now Asda) would be closed and the car park would belong to me and my bike.

As a nine-year-old, I didn’t have to think about weight management.

But as an adult, there is no excuse to ignore the fact that if you consume more calories than you are burning off through exercise, you will put on weight.

It is simple.

The subject of childhood obesity seems to be in the papers or on the television on a weekly basis and I don’t mind admitting that I really do not want my children to be fat.

But the facts are worrying.

The World Health Organization regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st century.

Obese children and adolescents are at an increased risk of developing various health problems and are 
also more likely to become obese adults.

Of children in Reception (aged 
four to five), 9.5 per cent are obese 
and another 13.1 per cent are overweight.

This means over a fifth of four 
to five-year-olds are overweight or obese.

Also these days, modern life means that we’re all a lot less active.

This is due to many factors including TV, computer games, convenience and fast food.

We just don’t move about as much or eat as well as we used to.

But I agree that this is something our children should not have to worry about at such a young age and the responsibility should always fall on the parents.

If I want them to lead a healthy lifestyle I must do so too.

Everyone’s a winner.