Information from the American Heart Association explains this generation could be the first with a shorter life span than their parents. Researchers are citing obesity as the cause.
A Wilmington man is taking on childhood obesity as his personal challenge as he once suffered as an obese child.
Matt Skelly created his business "Grow to Health," to teach parents and children how to improve their lifestyles and avoid the serious effects of childhood obesity.
"The combination of unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle is leading to disaster," said Skelly.
Skelly reflects on the challenges he faced and hopes his business can ultimately create higher self esteem and confidence within children suffering from weight issues.
"I missed my proms," said Skelly, "I couldn't ask people out on a date."
Using his personal journey as the inspiration, Skelly works to change the childhood weight struggle he sees in Wilmington though the severity can often depend on the area.
"In Wrightsville Beach we have sidewalks and parks which are great for kids trying to get active," I don't see that in downtown areas or in areas of lower income."
But determined to change the future for obese children, Skelly starts with parents.
"Think about your children's future," said Skelly. "Try and live healthy and they'll do the same."
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