Friday, August 31, 2007
Medical Reports: Fit Kids
We've all heard it, childhood obesity is on the rise, but, tonight, Seven's Diana Diaz shows us how a new trend is making for Fit Kids.
WSVN -- Starting off your day with a morning run or ending it with a stop at the gym? Seems like everyone wants to get in shape.
Nohelia Siddons: "One, two, three, go."
Mattias Martinez: "I feel good. I feel worked out. I feel energized. I feel more healthy."
Mattias Martinez and his sister Camilia are shaping up with the help of their own personal trainer.
Camilia Martinez: "We work out a lot. We do some yoga. It's really fun."
Once reserved for adults, more and more parents are seeing it as a way to get the whole family in shape.
Susan Martinez: "I was looking for a place to take my children to where they can have fun."
Nohelia Siddons specializes in training kids.
Nohelia Siddons: "My training consists of fun activities that will improve coordination, mental agility, muscular strength and, the most important thing, self-esteem."
Doctors say this new approach may be the answer in fighting obesity among youngsters.
Dr. Jesse Reeves-Garcia of Miami Children's Hospital: "We are changing with the times, so I guess that's the way it needs to be done, and that's fine."
Most doctors agree drastic steps are needed because kids are getting adult, weight-related diseases.
Dr. Jesse Reeves-Garcia: "We are seeing things now that we didn't see before. Kids with gallstones because of obesity. Type 2 diabetes in children 10, 12 years old because of obesity."
Doctors say it's only going to get worse.
Dr. Jesse Reeves-Garcia: "Thirty to 40 percent of all children will be overweight in the next 10 to 20 years, that's a scary concept."
Nohelia says being creative is the key.
Nohelia Siddons: "You have to be kind of cartoonish. You have to be fun. You have to play with them."
And the results come quickly.
Nohelia Siddons: "They become more confident. They become happier."
And Susan says, in her case, it's not just the kids who are benefiting.
Susan Siddons: "I would recommend this for everyone. Do it as a family, and you're going to see the results."
Diana Diaz: "If you hire a personal trainer make sure their program is specially designed for kids. As for the cost, sessions range anywhere from $40 to $80."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Jesse Reeves-Garcia
Miami Children's Hospital
3200 SW 60th Court, Suite 204
Miami, FL 33155