Excess fat in the body has become a problem with adolescents and children. Government and health care organizations in the USA have already started urging doctors to measure body weight of children and adolescents coming in for clinical stops. At age of 6 onwards, this is advised to War against Obesity.
If it is found that Body Mass Index (BMI) is found to be too high then reflective behavior modification program is suggested immediately for the child to get counseling and guided education on their condition. Parents are also educated to ensure the child’s nutrition and physical activity is monitored. Such a forceful and centered program ought to be made required everywhere throughout the world to keep youngsters from being fat grown-ups.
Being obese is a disease that leads to other diseases and a life that is a constant battle of willpower. Once an individual realizes his problem, it is a social stigma that he will try to fight all through his life. A fight of willpower to get up and exercise when the body resists, fight to resist eating one’s favorite food and looking for all sorts of diet mantras – a downside of which is weight fluctuations, weakness, mood swings, and depression. It is, therefore, better to avoid being in that situation and inculcating good healthy habits within our youngsters. A habit curtailed or incurred in the childhood will sustain in adulthood, so it is best to start our young ones on healthy habits as early as possible.
Chubby kids are supposed to look cute. This is in fact not correct. Children who are fat in fact face extreme teasing and fat jokes throughout their childhood. What parents might consider cute and healthy will become a bane to the child as he grows up. This wrong belief is sometimes carried on into the adult life too. Overweight and obese people, who are having other complications such as diabetes and blood pressure, when given medicines addressing their various ailments and weight loss, often complain that they are looking sick and unhealthy to the weight loss.
They are happy about their weight loss but are unhappy with their sunken cheeks and a gaunt look. These patients need to be allayed of their fears and certain facts need to be made clear – A BMI between 18.5 to 23 is normal and one should strive towards that. Bigger belly and fuller cheeks are not signs of prosperity; it is a sign of a disease called obesity! Once people are used to seeing you fat, they tend to show concern for your health when you lose weight. Do not pay attention to them.
Here are some things we can start immediately at our end to increase awareness within our friends, family, and community
- Give this message out to other parents in parent teacher meetings
- Propagate the idea to any parent whose child may seem overweight even if they are sensitive to the idea. Get them to at least start thinking
- Ensure that you child is enrolled in at least one game and has a practice every day
- Divert your child’s tastes to fresh and natural snacks
- Remove ready to eat snacks such as – cookies, tetra pack juices, soda drinks, chips; from your home
Adiposity (fatness) is the cause for dreadful long-term diseases like diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure which shorten our life span. It is an enemy that we have not acknowledged as a mass murderer. Let’s begin our fight today and save our future generations from this killer!