Monday, January 26, 2009

The Increase of Childhood Obesity: Steps We Can Take to Help Our Children Stay Healthy

by Nancy Myers

It is said that with obesity surgery, an individual can lose over 60% of their excess weight and be more times than not cured of many of their obesity related co-morbidities including high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis high cholesterol, sleep apnea and others.

But a person considering obesity surgery must remember that obesity surgery does not make a person thin, just like that. There can be many other factors that will come into play along with the surgery. It is said that long-term weight loss without obesity surgery is only achieved by some 5 to 10% of the obese. Recently, obesity surgery has been deemed one of the more effective forms of weight loss.

Like any type of surgery, it should not be entered into lightly or casually. It is a serious operation and there can be many complication involved. A person should do research about all the different type of surgeries available and talk with their doctors to be sure they fully understand all of the pros and cons involved.

There are many different types of obesity surgery, such as gastric, bariatric, band and others. Today, many clinics and institutions offer options for obesity surgery. A weight loss of up to 70% of excess weight can be achieved with an obesity surgery. These surgeries are not designed to be a quick solution for obesity. They require a comprehensive program to follow and they include support and services of other health care professionals such as psychologists and dieticians to help people over the long-term achieve their weight loss goals successfully.

So if you or someone you know is considering obesity surgery for weight loss, do the best thing possible and get yourself informed and educated about all aspects of the surgeries. Ask plenty of questions, talk to others that have been through the process and what they might have to say about obesity surgery and all the ups and downs they experienced. The bottom line is for you to reach a healthy weight and being able to maintain it for the rest of your life.

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Kim Beck writes for Obesity Factors. Obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States. Obesity surgery is one of the growing treatments being use for obesity. Find the information and resources for obesity surgery and other treatments. http://obesityfactors.com

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Is Childhood Obesity Damaging Your Child?

by Terry Sandhu

The question, is childhood obesity damaging your child can be answered with a resounding Yes. It is physically dangerous because it can lead to massive health problems for the future of your child. Apart from this obvious factor, there is also of psychological problems which can lead to your child growing up with low confidence and very little self esteem.

So what can you do about it? Quite a lot actually but it will have to be a process that will be used over a period of time, and not changed overnight. You can help reverse the effects of childhood obesity, although it will not be easy. However anything worth having is never easy but that's why it's worth having.

First of all you have to remember that most things that we do in our lives are through habit, and habits can be difficult to change, but they can be changed with a little hard work. Obesity in itself is not a habit but the actions that led to obesity will be habits. Things like diet, exercise, and daily activities are habits, regardless whether they are good habits.

When it comes to childhood obesity, the bad habits are the ones you need to work on as a parent. In the beginning your child will try to resist this change, after all when someone is used to living a certain way, change can be difficult to introduce. Through perseverance change can and will happen, it all depends on you and what you are prepared to do.

You need to make your child understand the value of different foods and the danger of others. Start to make gradual changes to the your childs diet. An important point to remember that whatever you changes you make for your child, you can't do the opposite. If your child see's that you are also making the effort, then he or she will respond better to those changes.

As for physical activity, it should be introduced slowly. Don't expect your child to run around a track 5 or 6 times in the first week. Start by doing fun physical activities like going to the park and playing with a ball, or other games that make your child run around. Just doing this will make a difference in your child's health.

Childhood obesity is not something we can wash our hands of as parents. We are responsible for our childrens safety, education, and well being. Our children's health lies in our hands, and as such is our responsibility. The worst thing we can do is to "get around" to doing something about it. Get around to it, doesn't work, we have to do it today or as soon as possible. If we don't do anything we are damning our children to a future of ill health and serious diseases, all because we didn't have the determination to do something about the situation when we had the chance to do so.

Worrying about childhood obesity is not a solution and there is nothing to be gained from it. Taking the bull by the horns and taking action is the key to any successful venture. I want to look at your child's face right now!

How will that face look in 5 or 10 years time? What condition will your child's body and health be in 10 years time? That face and those eyes see you as a protector and someone to look up to, and someone to turn to when things are bad. If you don't take action then things will get really bad. So do something about childhood obesity today.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Simple Solutions to Childhood Obesity

by Steve Cowley

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I am fortunate in living in a very beautiful part of Spain - right next door to Benidorm! For those of you unaware of the significance of that statement, let's just say that Benidorm has a bit of a reputation; it is seen to epitomise the very worse of "The Brits Abroad" syndrome! In reality it is a lively, fun, holiday resort which certainly doesn't deserve much of its bad press. As I drive through it though I can't help but notice the sheer size of so many of the holiday makers - mum, dad, and kids, all clones of each other, waddling along with stomachs leading the way! Of course, I know nothing about them as people and it is certainly not my place to judge; my comments are related to their physical size and the problems that are inherent in carrying too much weight.

If there were no health issues attached to being overweight then we would not be concerned about it. But there are - the research is quite conclusive about that. If you carry too much extra fat then your health is in danger. Recent figures painted an alarming picture of just how much of a problem this is becoming. If things go on as they are then within a few years some 12 million adults and 1 million children will be obese in the UK alone. Over the past 20 years levels of obesity have doubled in adults and tripled in children and adolescents. The problem is even more extreme in the US where the massive numbers of overweight and obese people are leading to serious public health problems.

As adults we are free to make certain choices as to what we do with our bodies. However, we rightly protect our children from making some of these choices until they are old enough to understand the consequences for themselves. We don't let them drink or smoke until they reach a certain legal age; which or course leads to that age old "game" that nearly all adolescents play where they "experiment" anyway! However, where food and exercise are concerned we are perhaps not quite so careful. It is quite legal for children to stuff themselves with foods of all kinds, and in quantities that would make our forefathers turn in their graves.

I believe there are some simple answers to a majority of the child obesity problems. Unfortunately, simple isn't always easy! Like so many of society's problems the solution may revolve around what goes on in the family itself!

In my work as a fitness professional I have always taught a very simple formula in dealing with weight loss. We need to move more and eat less; actually I encourage people to change their eating habits, very often this means eating less but just occasionally it can actually mean eating more or more regularly! Move more and eat less - not exactly rocket science is it?

If we look at the way children spend their time we can see that so much of their life now revolves around sitting down. Whether it is in lessons at school; watching TV; playing on computer consoles; or just staying indoors. The media has frightened us into keeping our children locked inside and it is a lot easier for them to entertain themselves in front of a screen. As parents we may not always approve of this strategy but at least our children are safe. Contrast this to when I was young - a few years ago I know! We were always outside playing, never at home.

So, one of our answers has to be to get our children moving again. If you are worried about their safety then find a supervised activity - there are so many to choose from, not just the traditional team sports either.

The second solution is a bit more delicate! One of my mentors told me that we cannot not teach! Excuse the double negative but he meant that we were always teaching something, often with our actions rather than our words. As parents we teach all the time - our children are very astute and they learn far more from our example than from our words! "Do as I say" is nowhere near as powerful as "Do as I do"! This means that if we are very much over weight as parents then it is very difficult to tell our children to lose weight!

So, for many families the solution to their children's obesity is right there - in the family. If it is tackled together as a family problem then the solution is much more likely to be accepted by the child. Lead from the front and by example and your children will generally follow you. Say one thing but do another and there is no chance!

There are several additional benefits to adopting this united approach. It can actually be a great bonding activity within the family unit as everyone works together and supports each other in tackling a shared issue. It also extends the health benefits to the whole family, not just the child. Finally of course, eating a healthy diet is often cheaper too!

Two simple things: Get your child moving again and change their eating habits. If you want more information on a diet plan that everyone can follow, is enjoyable, and gets outstanding results have a look at my website below.

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Steve Cowley has run full-time Fitness and Martial Arts Clubs for over 25 years. His goal is to empower people to take control of their own lives and achieve the fitness success they desire. For further information about his weight loss recommendations visit http://www.fitnesssuccess.info

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