Childhood Obesity: Are Exercise Products the Answer?


With the continual rise of childhood obesity, exercise products are being made for children that are similar to one’s used by adults, such as a treadmill, elliptical, or bike.  These products are kid friendly, offering bright colors and some even displaying moving animated figures. They are “designed to slim and tone the younger segment of the population.” Yes, tone

One particular product, a Fitness Fun Glide-A-Slide, is like using an elliptical machine and runs for the high cost of  $120. According to this article by the NY Times, the 3- 7 year olds who tested this out, “..reported that their legs felt tighter afterward.” 

They’ve even created a mini treadmill, perfect for your six year old that offers a ” good cardio workout and is great for muscle development.” Only $110. Because, didn’t you know, six year olds, who have no energy at all,  love walking in place. What could be more fun than that?! Right. 

I’m all for children exercising and I definitely think it’s a big concern and importance in our society today. I’m aware that any form of exercise is better than nothing at all, but I can’t help but wonder, what happened to the good old days of riding bikes outside, throwing the baseball back and forth, or skateboarding on your driveway? As far as I’m concerned, you could either spend $120 on a kid friendly elliptical, (designed for 3-7 year olds) or you tell the kids to go outside and play ball or something. Run in circles, play tag, play hopscotch. 
Or, I don’t know. Go for a walk. As a family. Now that’s an idea. 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

6 thoughts on “Childhood Obesity: Are Exercise Products the Answer?

  1. Oh I agree with you! I’ve never heard about these products before but whyever would a child who walks and plays outside need them?! They hardly address the causes of childhood obesity either, but I guess they’ll make money for someone.

  2. Oh my goodness! That’s so crazy! I agree with you- go outside and run and play with your kids. Turn off the TV. Cook healthy meals. Teach your kids to make smart choices. Problem solved.

  3. I agree with you completely on this one. The exercise equipment for kids is cute but I would rather spend $50 on a bicycle for my kid than $100 on a treadmill. Besides, which would be more fun for your child? If I was a kid I’d choose the bike.

  4. Okay, I can’t love this. Our culture is becoming so artificial and reliant on things. Our children’s work is to play. Our job is to feed them a proper diet with good fats, protein, and healthy carbs. Not sugary sodas and fast food masked as health food. If we would step in and care for our children’s well being instead of giving them material things, they might not have this problem. I’m sorry, but in my opinion it’s true.

  5. Ha! That’s crazy!! When I was a kid my mom would just lock us outside so she could have a break. I don’t blame her with 5 kids in 8 years!! 🙂 We would play in the yard and drink from the hose. Lots of fun!
    And when we acted crazy she made us run around the outside of the house x # of times. No need for some silly mini treadmill!

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