Sunday, February 24, 2008

Home Cures For Childhood Obesity

by Sehron Guptha

There is now growing realisation that much adult obesity has its origin in infancy, childhood and adolescence. The prevention of obesity should therfore begin in infancy. The prevalence of obesity in children is estimated to be 25 per cent in the first year, less than five per cent at 5 years and nine per cent at 15 years. It is however, not necessary that fat babies become fat children, but obese five-years-old are more likely to become fat adolscents.

A suitably planned course of dietetic treatment, in conjunction with suitable exercise and other measures for promoting elimination, is the only scientific way of dealing with obesity. To begin with, the child should be put on a liquid diet for three to five days. Fresh fruit juices will be especially beneficial. Lemon, orange, pineapple and cabbage may be used for juices.

After the liquid diet, taking three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits, such as orange, grapefruit, pineapple and papaya. Thereafter, he may gradually embark upon a low-calorie well- balanced diet consisting of seeds, nuts and grains,vegetables and fruits, according to his age. The emphasis should be on fresh fruts, raw or lighly -cooked vegetables and fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

As with an obese adult, an obese infant may be overfed or underactive. It is , therefore, essential that the daily food intake and activity and sleep pattern of the infant should regularly be appraised throughout the first year of life in a health care setting. No more than 120 kcal, per kilogram per day is appropriate for the very young infant and no more than 100 kcal. per kilogram, for the older infant. The food intake should be co-related with the activity and sleep pattern. Severe energy-restricted diets are, however, not advised for children prior to the completion of the adolescent growth spurt. An inadequate energy intake before and during the growth spurt can lead to growth retardation. If the actual energy and nutrient intake is greatly in excess of that recommended for age, the diet should be planned in such a way as to contain energy and nutrients appropriate for the age.

The food which should be drastically curtailed or altogether avoided are high -fat foods such as butter, cheese, chocolate, cream, ice cream, meats, fried food and gravies, high carbohydrated foods like bread,candy, cake, cookies, cereal products, legumes, potatoes, sugar and rich puddings and beverages such as all foundtain drinks.

Certain home remedies have been found beneficial in the treatment of the obesity. The most important of these is to spend few days on lime juice-honey water. In this mode of treatment one spoon of fresh honey should be mixed with a juice of half a lime in a glass of lukewarm water and taken at regular interval.

The leaves of jujube or Indian plum is another valuable remedy for obesity. A handful of leaves should be soaked over night in water and this water should be taken in the morning, preferably on an empty stomach. This treatment should be continued for atleast one month to achieve beneficial results.

Cabbage is considered to be an excellent home remedy for obesity. Recent research has discovered in this vegetable a valuable content called tartaric acid which inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates in fat. Hence it is of great value in weight reduction. Helping of cabbage salad would be the simplest way to stay slim, painless way of dieting.

Tomatoes are also valuable in treating obesity. One or two tomatoes taken early morning, without breakfast, for a couple of months is considered a sage method of weight reduction and at the same time it also supplies the essential food elements to preserve the health.

Finger millet is an ideal food for obese people, because its digestion is slow and due to this the carbohydrate takes longer time to get absorbed. By eating ragi preparations, the constant desire to eat will be curbed, reducing the daily caloric intake. At the same time, it supplies abundance of calcium, phosphorous, iron, vitamin B 1 and prevents malnutrition inspite of restricted food.

Exercise also plays an important role in weight reduction plan. It helps to use up calories stored in body fat. Certain yogic asanas beneficial in the treatment of obesity are sarvagasana, halasana, bhujangasana, shalabhasana, dhanurasana, chakrasana, paschimottanasana, vajrasana, yogmudra and trikon-asana. The older children should be encouraged to practice these asanas or undertake some form of exercise. The child-patient should also be encouraged to adopt measures which bring an excessive perspiration such as steam bath and massage. They help to reduce weight.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Nature Trumps Nurture In Childhood Obesity

by Jason Witt

When you receive the Seal you will begin to take care of your health, including losing those extra pounds. But if you have children, you may need to take steps to help them keep the weight off too, and a new study pinpoints the problem.
Researchers in the UK conducted a study with over 5,000 twins 8 to 11 years old and found out more about what is causing the rising rates of obesity among children.

Childhood obesity is on the rise, and recent news stories have trumpeted the strange response from parents--most parents do not seem to know their children are overweight or even obese.

At first it was easy to blame to parents for promoting the kind of lifestyle that causes obesity. Parents often allow kids to be sedentary and overeat. Those are the two main environmental causes of childhood obesity.

But in this study it was found nature played an even bigger role than nurture in determining the weight of the kids. It shows that today's rising rates of obesity are due to genetic predispositions many children have to becoming obese.

Yet in the case of childhood obesity, nature and nurture both play a big role in the expanding waistlines. Nature makes the kids more susceptible to becoming overweight or obese.

But nurture still plays a big part. In the past, kids who were genetically susceptible to becoming overweight or obese often stayed at normal weights because they got enough exercise and did not overeat.

Today that is usually not true anymore. Most kids today are raised in an environment where they do not get enough exercise. And they often have more opportunity to overeat than kids of any previous generations.

In the UK there is talk about how it was not a good idea to blame parents for the weight of their children in the light of the results of the new study. The natural likelihood to gain weight makes staying thin all the more challenging.

Nevertheless, parents are often unaware their child is above normal weight. And parents are responsible for setting the example for their children. When parents are managing their weight, the children most likely will follow the example.

This study looked at the body mass index and waist circumference of twins, comparing identical and fraternal twins. The identical twins share all their genes and the fraternal twins share half their genes.

Identical twins were much more likely to both become obese. It was unlikely that one identical twin would become obese and the other would stay thin. The reason is they were genetically similar, and genetics determines the likelihood of weight gain.

When you are sealed you will come to understand your natural inheritance and how it plays a part in your health. Family environment is not the greatest determinant of obesity or weight gain.

You will also take steps to start setting a better example for your own children, changing the family environment to a more healthy one. By doing this you will add years to your own life and to the lives of your children.

When you are sealed you will consider your natural inheritance and take steps to lengthen your natural life. And God will give you a spiritual inheritance of everlasting Life when you receive the Seal.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Teenage Obesity

by Mary Rose Antonio

There is pharmaceutical relief for teenage obesity. Though the medical community is firm in its message that lifestyle changes have to be implemented to effectively deal with childhood obesity, there are medications which can be prescribed for overweight teenagers.

As with other lifestyle-related illnesses, obesity is a chronic condition that can require long-term treatment. Once beginning such a program, there is a slight possibility that an obese person might need to take medications for the duration of his or her life to realize and maintain weight loss. At the very least, treatment could be necessary for several years.

The mediations most commonly prescribed for obese teenagers are categorized as appetite suppressants and lipase-inhibitors. The activity of appetite suppressants on the human body is to increase the feeling of fullness in the stomach while suppressing appetite - a person will simply have a decreased craving for food.

These drugs suppress the appetite by interacting with certain chemicals in the brain involved with both mood and appetite. They include serotonin and catecholamine. Lipase-inhibitors, on the other hand, prevent the absorption of fat by not allowing it to be broken down to a chemical form and then consequently absorbed by the body.

Taking appetite suppressants has been known to reduce weight by several pounds more than that lost through only physical exercise and other non-drug therapies. The greatest impact in obese teenagers is typically observed after six months of taking the medication. So patience is a must.

Though medication usage should always be considered with a sober mindset, taking the appropriate ones for teenage obesity, however, does eradicate some of the need for diet control and physical activity. Despite this, studies support that the right medications actually help improve eating and exercising habits.

On another note of caution, these obesity-reducing medications for teens are needed only for those in a position of pending medical danger due to their excessive weight. Such prescriptions cannot, and should not, be made available casually to teens merely entertaining a short cut for weight loss. The consultation of a trusted family physician is critical in the decision-making. Doctors will usually consider the distribution of fat in the patient's body and how many pounds overweight or obese the individual is as a basis for prescribing medications.

The main goal for taking obesity reduction medications is to move away from alarming health dangers brought about by an undue increase in weight. Obtaining and maintaining an ideal weight based on height and body structure for most obese persons is normally not a realistic goal, though it certainly can be accomplished.

A modest reduction of five to ten percent of one's previous - or benchmark - weight is a worthwhile short-term objective that will lead to an improved state of health. Beyond the shorter duration, one's prior success can serve as a launching pad for even greater weight loss where deemed still beneficial.

If a teen is very heavy and ill on an abnormally frequent basis, a visit to a doctor to discuss the prospect of controlling obesity through medications would be time well invested.

Once prescribed, the need for remaining on the medications will likely last for years, if not for a lifetime. However, the benefit of the appetite suppression or prevention of fats being absorbed into the body may well be worth the trade off for greater health through the teen years and into adulthood.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Preventing Childhood Obesity

By: John Furnem

Childhood obesity has become a big issue like obesity in general, the significant increase of young kids and adults who are suffering from obesity is causing elevated concerns about the global health of people in the future, since the tendency to develop into an obese person was traditionally regarded as a transfer from overweight at the mature stage of life to the obese, but this did not include such high percentages of young adults and kids.

Some studies claim that as much as 16% of the children and teenagers in the U.S. are obese, this is a very big number and means that this has already gone out of the scale of a small problem. There are many reports from around the world that the situation is not very much different from what is currently happening in the Untied States, in Europe there is also a significant increase in numbers of obese children, and even in the far east, where traditional children were not obese, and some times even in a very poor nutritional values, even in those countries there have been in increase in numbers of obese children.

Although nature and genes do play a part in the creation of the obese condition, there are many things to you can do to decrease the risk of becoming obese, or that your children will become obese, following some very simple guild lines will probably have a big effect on most people. Eating the right kinds of food and maintaining a balanced diet, eating mostly in the house and not taking out or ordering food from the outside will keep the menu balanced and normal, eating fruit and vegetables and avoiding oil cooked food or fast food will make a bug difference.

A regular and stable outdoor activity, walking and working out, swimming or hiking are good ways of fighting weight and getting into shape, there are many indoor sports that can be also used as a hobby and performed regularly, will help not only fight obesity but will also educate your children about taking care of their body and maintaining a fitness routine.

If you think that you or your children might be suffering from obesity, or you have obesity in your family and think that one family member is at risk of rapidly becoming obese you should contact your family doctor and consult with the doctor, these are very important things to do, before you even start thinking of how you will solve the problem, since doctors will give you the most detailed and precise information about a health condition and the risks that are associated with it, it is also recommended that you consult with a doctor before you start a diet or a fitness routine.

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