Health 2006

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

It's Not Your Fault That You're Overweight

It's certainly not easy being a kid in today's complex culture where children have it tougher than their parents did, health-wise. Not only do they have to negotiate any number of social landmines at school, but overweight and obese children also have challenges, social and otherwise, far beyond those for typical adolescents. Today's overweight kids, of which there are many, more frequently have to deal with the discrimination of their peers and scrutiny from adults.
What we all must understand is that placing - and displacing - blame doesn't lessen a child's suffering, nor does it make a child any healthier. And, we must not simply resign ourselves to believing that genetics are accountable for a child's weight problem and, therefore, do nothing. Rather, we must teach America's kids to navigate through society's overabundance and easy access to junk foods and fast foods, and to make sound choices regarding their nutrition and fitness.
What often gets missed in the discussions surrounding childhood obesity is that healthy living is a family affair. Children whose parents adopt a healthy lifestyle are more likely to lose weight and maintain their weight loss. Accordingly, parents need a plan that's focused on their children's unique needs, tastes and preferences. The ideal program is not about a restrictive diet; it's about lifestyle modifications that instill healthy dietary and physical fitness behaviors that will turn into healthful habits for the rest of their lives. Of course we want kids to be kids and enjoy life, but an overweight or obese child is at risk, and needs help attaining a healthy weight.
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Weight control tips from Liudmila:

Try to eat 4 times per day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and light evening meal (preferably no later than 2-3 hours before sleep time)
Try to eat fruits and vegetables between meals, no candy snacks
Drink plenty of water- it will reduce sense of hunger for some time


  • At 12:01 PM, Blogger Tucopup said…

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  • At 12:13 PM, Blogger Tucopup said…

    Another useful tip on being healthy is portion control. Apparently, size does matter. I was caught at a bad BBQ place last year by NY1. Check out the video that you can access just after the title of the NY1 Article. Portion Control ...recognize anyone?


  • At 2:54 PM, Blogger Liudmila said…

    portion control is very important. it is healthier to eat little portions more frequently rather than one big chunk of burger once a day. I can not access video from class computer, but I am going to watch it at home.

  • At 10:36 PM, Blogger hetera (UK) said…

    I agree with you liudmila:)Waht's the point to eat like a pig a lot of burgers instead of having low-calory meal three or more time a day?:)


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