Interview With Hi-Health's Felicia Romero (October 19, 2013)
It was so amazing to be able to go in and chat with Jeremy and Curt from NBC Sports Radio. When we began we immediately started chatting about my mission with childhood obesity and how it has affected my family. It is such an important topic because 1 and 3 kids are either obese or overweight.
We discussed how food habits, activity and the influx of busy lives has impacted families across America. Diet has changed significantly having kids reaching for high-calorie foods, such as fast foods, baked goods and vending machine snacks. This can easily cause your child to gain weight. Loading up on soft drinks containing sugar, candy and desserts also can cause weight gain. Foods and beverages like these are high in sugar, fat and calories.
Lack of exercise is also a contributing factor. Children who don't exercise are more likely to gain weight because they don't burn calories through physical activity and consume more than they are expending. Inactive leisure activities, such as watching television or playing video games, also contribute to the problem.
Family history seems to play a role as well. If your child comes from a family of overweight people, he or she may be more likely to put on excess weight, especially in an environment where high-calorie food is always available and physical activity isn't encouraged.
We also discussed the social implications like depression, bullying, anxiety, low esteem and behavioral issues. I noted that my younger sister who is overweight was bullied in grade school and has suffered from depression and low self-esteem. Most of my passion stems from the issues close family members have experienced and asking myself, how did this happen?
We spoke about Hi-Health and their role in combatting childhood obesity. Recently teaming up with the AIA (Arizona Interscholastic Association), Hi-Health will be hands on in providing Youth Ambassadors to Arizona high schools. The Youth Ambassadors role is to provide education and mentoring to high school kids, discussing topics such as nutrition, training and proper supplementation.
The interview was a success and I was so grateful to be able to get the word out and provide insight on this very important topic in today’s society.