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Shaq Helps Kids Battle and Lose Weight

By Brandigal (Donna)     Jul 3, 2007 in Health
Shaquille O'Neal is taking on a big challenge that the country has seem to just let go. He is wanting to help overweight children lose weight. He wants physical education mandatory in all schools. His new television show is meant as a wake up call to the
Shaquille O'Neal has a new television show that is called "Shaq's Big Challenge."
Shaq's Big Challenge was designed to be a wake-up call, to prod us into taking action against one of our nation's most critical health issues: childhood obesity.
This new reality show is to help 6 Florida school children get healthy and lose weight by showing them how to eat healthier, how to exercise and basically give them the motivation they need to give them the kick start to becoming healthy.
These kids on the show are aged from 11 to 14 years old. All but one weighs over 200 pounds. The one child weights 182 pounds.
The parents also have a thing or two to learn. They are making their children fat. They do not want to say no to their children.
Dr. William Munios, board certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology at Miami Children's Hospital said "This is at an epic proportion," "A 10-years-old child who could reach 70 or 80 years old, if he continues to be obese that could shorten his life by 10 to 15 years." "Obviously parents are responsible for kids gaining weight and becoming obese in my opinion."
Shaq wants to make physical education mandatory in all public schools. He said on the show tonight, "we have enough money to send our children to war, we should have enough money to have physical education in schools to help our children stay healthy."
He also said "Kids are the future," "If they're obese and they die before their parents, we won't have a future."
Shaq brought on board to help the children his own personal trainer and doctor, Carlon Colker, as well as another personal trainer, Tarik Tyler ( Mr. Tyler to the kids) because he said he is not their friend he is their trainer. He has Joy Bauer, a nutrition expert talking to the children as well as the parents, teaching them how to cook, what to cook and what they can have and can't have. He also has Dr. William I. Muinos, the assistant director of pediatric gastroenterology at Miami Children's Hospital see the children and weight them and talk to them about any concerns they might have or that he has regarding their weight gain or weight loss.
He had his old college basketball coach, Dale Brown, come and speak to the children. He is a motivational speaker.
You can meet the children that are taking part in the Big Challenge here.
The show tonight was the beginning and it showed him testing the children to see what they would do. He found they could not do this on their own. They lied about what they were eating and how much exercise they were doing to the point of one child just marking off everything on the list without even attempting to do any of the exercises. But what they found out was everything was being filmed and recorded. And the trainers were brought in and the children found out this was not going to be easy.
I think what he is doing is a great thing. I hope it helps open the eyes of a lot of parents and he is able to get PE back into all the schools. It opened my eyes to things I did not realize.
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