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Nearly 15% of all children in the USA are officially Obese. That is also true for teenagers and that percentage is getting higher each year. The last three decades has seen a huge increase in these figures. What makes it all the more frightening, is that it is not getting better.
Over 25 Million children in the USA are overweight or in danger of being so. Childhood obesity is rising and it is now the biggest pediatric problem in the USA with up to 30% of adolescent children suffering from it.
So who is to blame for this crisis? well, to be honest, the parents are most at fault but alongside that we need support centers and programs put in place to help. Children who have obese parents are 75% more likely to become obese themselves, which means we need to help the parents now to prevent this from getting out of hand. Helping people eat more healthily and control their weight is important in helping to reduce the childhood obesity problem.
It is not just in the USA of course. This is becoming a worldwide problem with Australia having one of the highest childhood obesity problems. It is a national issue and not just restricted to rural and suburban areas.
Schools must also take action as nearly half of the children in school eat school meals. They must be given healthy great tasting food instead of what fits the budget for financial reasons. Too many schools are driven by financial costs instead of realizing that if they fed their children healthy food, it would in fact save them money in the long run.
It is important to understand the cost to the American tax payer is estimated to be between $150 to $200 Billion dollars a year with time lost at work, hospital costs, medications etc. The fatter people get the more it costs the country in lost production and ultimately the lifestyle of the people and the economy itself.
Chronic diseases are associated with obesity like high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes etc. The cost of treating these disease puts more and more pressure on the health system and the overall cost to the nation is huge!
Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic and soon it will be out of control completely. We need to not just educate these people but the whole nation as a whole. Action needs to be taken now before it really is too late.
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Friday, December 07, 2007
Why should you loose weight?
Many children know that they are obese or at least overweight. But what they fail to realise is the effect that this can have on them in later life.
When you are a child you body produces fat cells in order to store the level of fat that you have in your body. When you are a child the number of these cells can increase or decrease. The lower the number of cells you have the easier it is to loose weight.
The problem comes when you are obese as a child and continue to be obese as an adult. This is a problem as it means that you will find it a lot harder to loose weight as an adult. This is due to the fact that the fat cells tell your body the level of fat that they need to store and it is therefore much harder to consume lower amounts of fat than you are used to.
If you loose the weight as a child your body will loose some of these fat cells and it therefore becomes a lot easier to keep the fat off.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
The first question you need to ask yourself is why do you want your child to lose weight?
Are you unhappy with their weight?
Are you unhappy with their figure?
Will you really feel happier just because they lose weight?
Do they want to lose weight?
Only you can answer these questions and it is only once you do that your weight loss will start to become successful.
The second question you need to ask is how you are going to lose weight. You can lose weight by going on a crash diet. You can also lose weight by eating roughly what you eat now but by exercising more.
It is important that any diet is moderated as some "crash" diets can be harmful to your childs body and will end up doing more harm than good.
It is also important that when they exercise they start off gradually and then begin to train more once they feel confident within themselves. If they do try and train too hard too fast they will find that you will soon give up and your weight loss will not succeed.
So you need to decide why you want your child to lose weight and how you are going to get them to lose it. Once you have done this you will see the pounds falling off them.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
So who is to blame for childhod obesity?
The Government? Parents? The children?
There is no simple answer to this question. However it is a question that needs to be answered as without an answer we cannot begin to find the solution.
Most parents blame the government and the government blames.. well no one really.
In some ways it is the governments fault as if they were to put bans or tighter restrictions on the type of food avaliable or even the advert that are shown for food containing high fat then although it would not bring a complete end to childhood obesity the amount of obese children would decrease.
However the same is true if parents would teach their children about healthy eating and promote active activities. But then raises more questions. Is it up to parents to teach their children about healthy eating or is it down to teacher in schools? I personally believe that the task of teaching the dangers of childhood obesity to children should be given to the teachers at school. Although if the government were to invest some money into teaching parents about the dangers of childhood oebsity and how healthy eating and exercise can prevent and combat childhood obesity then this would be much more beneficial. The parents could then pass on the information and it would not take up school time. I also think that most parents would not mind paying a small fee for these classes if it meant that their child would not suffer from childhood obesity.
I think that this is where the true answer lies. Now we just have to persuade the government to run these classes and then persuade the parents to go to the classes.
Lets just hope it works and we could put an end to childhood obesity.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on the subject leave a comment on this post and I'll get back to you.
Lets stop blaming other people and all join together to make a difference.
Monday, February 05, 2007
If you are reading this then your child is probably overweight. If your child is overweight then they probably eat a lot of snacks. Snacks are a major problem for kids these days. Years ago snacks were not a problem as most people couldn’t afford snacks but now the large majority of children do eat snacks. Everyday! This would be a good thing is the snacks they were eating were fruit but the snacks that most kids eat are either sweets or chocolate and this is most definitely not good.
So how can you prevent your child from eating snacks? This is the hardest part. Your child eats snacks because they are, or they think they are, hungry. It is almost impossible to stop this feeling or hunger from occurring and is therefore very hard to stop your child from snacking. The easier and probably healthier way of stop your child from eating those healthy snacks is by giving them fruit to snack on instead. But there are some guidlines which you need to stick to in order to make this work.
• If your child have more than one snack in the day then give them what they would normally eat for all of the snacks instead of one which you should give them fruit for about a week and then after that week give them two pieces of fruit in replace of two of the snacks and continue this until your child is only eating fruit as snacks.
• After your child has been eating all fruit for a week then cut out one of the snacks. Then after another week cut out another snack. You should keep doing this untill all snacks have been eliminated.
If you do manage to eliminate or even jut make your childs snacks healthier you will see a major improvement in your childs weight and health.
By Michael Adams
Posted by Michael Adams at 10:03 am
With all the birthday parties, sleep overs and going round to a friends for dinner it is very hard for you to try and regulate what your child is eating.
However this is not always a bad thing. Your child gets to enjoy themself so they are in a good state of mind. But if this is happening too often and your child I not eating healthily when at home then you could soon find yourself struggling to help your child overcome childhood obesity.
Some people believe that the weight of a child is determined before birth. IF the parents of a child are overweight or obese then yes there is more chance of the child becoming obese. Partly because of genetics but mostly because of the lifestyle that the parents are obviously accustomed to and will therefore rub off on their child.
As most children do not know or even care how much they are supposed to be eating or what kind of food they should be eating it is up to the parents to decide this for the and to make sure that they stick to it.
This means that your lifestyle and eating habits also have to change. You cannot sit at the dinner table eating whatever you please while your child is limited to set meals. The whole family must sit down around the table and eat the same food at the same time as a family. There are two reasons why this is a very good thing to do.
• If everyone is eating the same food then no one will complain just make sure you incorporate the changes gradually.
• You get to eat a meal as a family
• You will be able to monitor the eating patterns of your child and you can ensure that they eat all of the food including the vegetables.
When your child eats it is vitally important that you monitor the way they are eating. If your child eats the food too quickly then there will not be enough time for the message to get from the stomach to the brain in order to tell the child that they are full and therefore the child will continue to eat until there is no food left. This is bad as it means that the child is eating much more than is needed. In order to combat this your child should place their knife and fork down on the side each the plate in between each mouthful until the food is swallowed. This will then give enough time for the message to be sent and for the child to realise that they are full.
By Michael Adams
Monday, December 04, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Your child cannot stop themself from becoming obese. Nor can they loose weight by themselves. If you want to ensure that your child doesn’t suffer from childhood obesity then you will have to make changes to the whole family. Childhood obesity is usually caused by not enough exercise and too much food. This is why creating new family routines and eating habits will drastically alter your child’s weight and prevent childhood obesity.
Small progressive steps are much better than large ones that no one is willing to go along with.
• It’s not a race. Don’t try and rush the changes incorporate them slowly.
• Make the changes small. Foe example turn the tv off during meals or go for a family walk once a week.
• Set both individual and family goals. This will give you something to aim for and may provoke friendly competition which will help.
The new goals will be hard but if you follow the 3 above rules and you are determined you and your child will be able to battle not only childhood obesity but family obesity.
Reference: the mayo clinic- http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/childhood-obesity/FL00058