Brian Russell NFL: New Survey Should Encourage Parents take Responsibility for Childhood Obesity

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A new survey conducted by Yale University reveals that a majority of parents are willing to accept responsibility for increased rates of childhood obesity. As a proponent of healthy living and physical activity for youth, Brian Russell, NFL player, responds to these latest findings.

While much of America remains aware of increasing rates of childhood obesity across the nation, many dispute the actual causes behind this growing epidemic. Brian Russell, NFL athlete, is one advocate who believes that rising rates of childhood obesity are due to a lack of physical activity among youth. Russell encourages children to explore not only increased forms of exercise, but also healthy diets. However, he notes, “Children must continue to be encouraged to adopt healthy living practices by parents and guardians; they cannot face this battle alone.”

A recent article from The Los Angeles Times reveals that many parents share a similar sentiment and accept responsibility for childhood obesity. The article explains, “Sixty percent of the cause of the rise in childhood obesity rests with the parents, according to parents who took a Yale survey about food marketing. The parents assigned the rest of the cause to an unhealthy food environment.” While a majority of survey participants—2,454 parents in total—were willing to admit that their decisions impacted their child’s weight, the study also found that a variety of factors affected those decisions. For instance, parents concerned about food expenses have resorted to purchasing less healthy options for their families. In addition, parents have cited that the ease of convenience of unhealthy foods has contributed to such poor approaches to diet.

Although the article notes that many parents remain concerned about marketing and role models presented by the food industry, Brian Russell NFL suggests parents become more aggressive about how children interpret advertisements. Brian Russell, NFL player, comments, “Parents who are concerned about the impact of media on their child’s behavior, must learn how to educate them on how to interpret such marketing attempts. Just as adults learn to decipher ads, kids must be taught that not every product is as great for them as they may seem.”

Hoping to serve as a role model for the community, Brian Russell NFL explains that many parents can become active within their child’s healthy living routine to see greater benefits. He concludes, “There is great success among parents who take the time to become active with their child and prepare healthy meals for the entire family. Adopting a healthy lifestyle change provides greater assurance that children will grow up to practice these same behaviors.”


Brian Russell is a former NFL professional football player who played for the Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans. In 2003, he and Tony Parrish tied for the league lead in interceptions with nine. Brian Russell, NFL athlete, is best known for his advocacy of education and healthy living. He is a proud spokesperson of the RT Autism Awareness Foundation – a group that aims to help further autism research and support for affected families.

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