EVENT DATE: May 17, 2014
Please join us as we raise funds and awareness to combat childhood obesity through supporting the Ricky & Suzanne Barnes Foundation. As we train for the 2014 Ironman Texas on May 17 we will put in many long hours swimming, biking and running.
Come race day we will compete against other age groupers covering 140.6 miles in the Texas heat and while it will be a grueling test both mentally and physically, we are thankful to be healthy enough to compete against other like-minded health conscious competitors.
Childhood obesity has more doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescence in the past 30 years. In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescence were overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors. Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.
Our children are our future and if we don’t care about the generations that follow us what will be our legacy?