obesity can be prevented
Obesity is the single
most widespread health problem facing children in America today.
survery (1) conducted between 1986 and 1998 showed
a doubling of the incidence of obesity in children ages 4 to 12 years
old - from about 10% to nearly 22% during that 12-year period.
obesity has only has a few major causes:
(watching TV instead of playing outdoors to get exercise)
and juice instead of water
including sugar-containing juices, cereals and snacks
foods, on which more parents are relying on to feed
their families, because of their busy schedules.
and obese children are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and
depression as a result of their
being overweight. Obesity can take a huge emotional toll on a child.
children are also at higher risk for increased health problems including
heart disease, high
blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, and in particular type
that you are an obese child who is afflicted with diabetes, a disease
which will almost guaranty a premature death in middle age. Over the years,
you might develop kidney
failure or heart disease.
Arterial disease might make you blind, or cause you to lose a limb.
Now, imagine that
you could avoid these health complications by avoiding sugar-filled
snacks, soda and
other junk foods, replacing
them instead with REAL FOODS: fruits
and vegetables, good protein sources like low-fat yogurt and raw
eggs, etc, along with exercising
on a regular basis to maintain your weight.
are very real for the increasing number of obese children in the U.S. who
are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
example, an overweight boy who develops type 2 diabetes while a teenager
and is left untreated will likely develop health problems with his heart,
eyes, kidneys, and
feet by the time he reaches his early 30s.
children who do not develop type 2 diabetes, will nevertheless be at a
higher risk for many diseases, such as recurrent infections, depression,
fibromyalgia and others.
Parents are key
to controlling childhood obesity.
worth repeating: parents are key to controlling their child's obesity.
Some of the ways parents can get involved in their child's life to prevent
obesity and a lifetime of chronic diseases
Encourage a healing diet.
one's child to have a healing
diet does not mean putting the child on a low-calorie or
low-carbohydrate diet, or not allowing the child to eat when
child needs nutrients and calories to develop and grow, we just
need to ensure these come from healthy foods, not from junk/processed
Reduce sugar intake.
A main contributor to obesity (as well as cavities)
is sugar, found in abundance in soda,
powered juices, breads and junk
foods. According to some statistics, for every soda or sugar-sweetened
juice a child drinks daily, their risk of obesity jumps 60%.
soda and sugar-sweetened juices is a good first step toward reducing
the amount of sugar in a child's diet. Drinking pure
water is the best option.
Exercise is an extremely
IMPORTANT factor in obesity. Overweight and obese children will
need a minimum of a half-hour of exercise daily. Any physical activity
that gets your child away from the TV set is a good idea.
first, you can try walking with your child, and then gradually
increase the intensity to include activities such as running and
using a mini-trampoline,
which many children take naturally to. Team sports such as soccer
and basketball are also a good idea.
helps to stabilize blood glucose levels, which is the #1 goal of
diabetes treatment, and helps make the cells more
responsive to insulin.
Emotions can play an important role in childhood obesity, because
many children’s efforts to lose weight get sabotaged by emotional
eating. The child may find it difficult to give up their cravings
for junk food snacks which provide emotional comfort.
been helped in my own life by the profound teachings of Maharishi
Mahesh Yogi. Transcendental
meditation has helped me make marked improvements in not only
my health and behavior but all aspects of my life. I highly recommend
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(1) JAMA December 12, 2001;286:2845-2848
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