Social Ills in Indian Country: We all can make a difference

What is Obesity? Obesity is defined as excess body fat. Because body fat is difficult to measure directly, obesity is often measured by body mass index (BMI), a common scientific way to screen for whether a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

What are the health risks for children who are overweight or obese? Doctors and scientists are concerned about the rise of obesity in children and teens because obesity may lead to the following health problems:

  • Heart Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Social Discrimination

Obese Children may experience immediate health consequences which can lead to weight-related health problems in adulthood. In addition to suffering from poor physical health, overweight and obese children can often be targets of early social discrimination. The psychological stress of social stigmatization can cause low self-esteem which, in turn, can hinder academic and social functioning, and persist into adulthood.

This is why we must do our part, not only for Indian Country but for our Kwatsan Nation. We face the same problems right here at home. This is why myself and Kwatsan Radio are teaming up with Rayna and Armando Madero of NativeCry.org to take part in a documented journey to living with Type 2 Diabetes and Preventing Obesity right here in our Kwatsan community. Rayna like many other Kwatsans has been hit with the realty that she has Type 2 Diabetes, and now needs to change her lifestyle for the better. As for me (Kenrick Escalanti) like many in our reservation I have always struggled with being overweight and live with the notion that one day I might get diagnosed with anyone of the major health consequences of being overweight, and now as a Head Football Coach for our local high school I now know that I am a Role Model for my players and it is now my time to step it up and become a shining example of health.

Rayna and I know this won’t be easy, especially trying to do this publicly through Kwatsan Radio and NativeCry.org, but we know how important it is to do our part in bringing awareness to these important social ills that face our Kwatsan Nation.

Here’s another video showcasing Lets Move! In Indian Country with fellow Native and NFL Star Sam Bradford of the Cherokee Nation.

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