Why are we so fat? We should be completely fed up with Obesity

Fat! Fat! Fat!

I am completely fed up with obesity and you should too.

In most cases, obesity is completely unacceptable. In a country where we have significant opportunities to eat healthy, exercise, and take care of our health, there is no reason why 20% of adults over the age of 20 years old should be obese. We are prescribing ourselves a slow, painful death. We must stop now.

Did you know?
– Obesity is the #2 cause of preventable death in the United States
– 60 million Americans, 20 years and older are obese
– 9 million children and teens ages 6-19 are overweight
– Being overweight or obese significantly increases the risk of health conditions and diseases including: Breast cancer, Coronary heart disease, Type II diabetes, Sleep apnea, Gallbladder disease, Osteoarthritis, Colon cancer, Hypertension and Stroke

Childhood obesity is getting completely out of control. We are doing a major disservice to our children. Let’s stop it now!

– 4% overweight 1982 | 16% overweight 1994
– 25% of all white children overweight 2001
– 33% African American and Hispanic children overweight 2001

Why the significant increase in obesity rates?

Children don’t play outside anymore. They, along with adults spend countless hours a day sitting in front of a television or a computer. Fast food also plays a major part in the obesity epidemic. We ENHALE calories by the thousands when we eat at fast food burger joints. We need to go back to eating the original fast food: fruits and vegetables.

– Mama

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Fitness boosts learning ability: how to help an overweight child

Is your child having problems in school? Maybe it is time to let them try out for a school sports team. A study involving 5th, 6th, and 7th graders show that students who are physically fit do better academically than their sedimentary peers.

If your child’s school doesn’t have a sports team to join, take small steps to get your child physically fit:

  • ask them to walk the dog 3 times a week after school
  • practice a 90% healthy food, 10% fun food
  • do fun exercises like jumping on a trampoline (small ones fit indoors)
  • encourage them to play sports at home with their friends and siblings (basketball, baseball, soccer)
  • buy fresh fruit and place it in bowls around the house (this is a simple trick that really works)
  • have hula hoop tournaments to see who can hula hoop the longest

– Mama

When Your Child is Fat

I could’ve been a poster child for Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity.

Fatty. Chubby Checker. Chunky Monkey. All names my father called me as a little girl, while my mother rolled her eyes heavenward every time we had to buy new clothes. I loved food and was an emotional eater to boot, and in my family food equaled love and vice versa. I was around 8 years old when my doctor began lecturing me about my weight.

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2007 nearly 1/2 of U.S. children are obese. Childhood obesity has tripled over the last 30 years, meaning that this is the first time that a generation will NOT be healthier than their parents. And we know what the risks are when someone is overweight, everybody all together now:

As a single mom I struggle with my kid, who happens to love food. I make her breakfast and pack her lunch thinking that I have some control over what goes into her stomach. She eats her lunch and from what I’ve heard, the leftovers from the kids around her. Frustrating!

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry suggests the following:

  • Start a weight-management program
  • Change eating habits (eat slowly, develop a routine)
  • Plan meals and make better food selections (eat less fatty foods, avoid junk and fast foods)
  • Control portions and consume less calories
  • Increase physical activity (especially walking) and have a more active lifestyle
  • Know what your child eats at school
  • Eat meals as a family instead of while watching television or at the computer
  • Do not use food as a reward
  • Limit snacking

While I always respect the opinions of the professionals, I’m open to new and creative ways to do some of these. Suggestions?

Help!

– Aunt B

The Fat Activist Weighs In