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Obesity - the Uninvited Disease Among Young Children and Adults

By Mark Bennett Subscribe to RSS | January 19th 2012 | Views:
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"Do I look fat?", "Hey, I think you are obese", "Hey, dude, check out your tummy ". You may have heard people saying these things to you or someone else. It naturally makes you think that obesity is a dangerous disease. Is obesity more dangerous than cancer? Well, it is one of the life-threatening diseases and a majority of the people is vulnerable to it. According to a recent survey, the number of obese people in the USA is higher than in the past. The number keeps increasing every year and the most affected ones are children. It is a little disappointing to know that the percentage of obesity among children is alarming. Yes, in the US alone, 55% of the children are obese and each year it is increasing and hitting the rooftop.

Now who is to blame? We all know that it is not the right time and situation to play the blame games. But we are in a tight spot. It is hard to imagine what would happen if the number of obese people keeps increasing. We might have a population filled with people who have various cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and sometimes cancer. Not only will we have a disease-filled population, but also an unhealthy population. It does not mean that obese people are lazy. People like these get tired very fast and having various problems like heart disease and asthma will naturally slow them down. Naturally, having such health affecting diseases will reduce their life expectancy.

No wonder you may have heard people getting heart attack at a very young age. I remember one of my friends’ brother died out of a heart attack at the early age of 26. Even young people are prone to heart attacks. Having a heart attack at the age of 40 or 50 can be considered as a thing of the past. These days with the communication and internet taking the world by storm, you can say that everything is fast. Getting affected by various diseases is no exception.

In any case, we can draw a line that the disease has got something to do with hormonal imbalance, but in most of the cases, eating habits play a major role. Many of us succumb to the occasional tantrums of our children. Whenever our children show craving for fatty and junk food, we just give in to their wishes. This may sound silly as you may feel that if you don't give into the wishes of your children, they may create a scene. Sometimes they may display anger and occasional displeasure. Another basic reason why we get along with the desires of our children is to avoid being labeled as a bad parent.

Now the solution for this is simple. Even though many of us hate to be regarded as a bad parent, but this is important for our children's life. Try to explain to your child that it is for their good that you are being strict with them. Instead of nagging them with the constant lecture and grounding them, sit and explain to them. Have a nice family talk explaining why constantly eating junk food is not good.

Instigate them to eat healthy food such as salads, vegetables, low fat chocolates, ice creams, etc. Make sure that they get enough exercise. Inspire them to go outside and play with their friends. You could yourself play with your children and teach them some new tricks in basketball and baseball. This will not only make your child healthy, but also you. It will also help to develop a good bond with your child.

In order to tackle the problem of obesity, the US government is going to introduce the soda tax. As per soda tax, every soft drink manufacturer will have to pay extra taxes to sell their product. Seriously, this is not a veracious solution. It may lead to selling of unhealthy soft drinks by some manufacturers.

Frankly, implementing the soda tax is not the only solution to avoid obesity. People should be made aware of eating low fat food, vegetables, and fruits. The government should try to instigate farmers to grow organic vegetables and fruits and propose the manufacturers to prepare and sell healthy drinks and snacks.

If you are a parent, one good and innovative step would be to prepare delicious homemade food rather than eating from fast food restaurant. You can occasionally have fast food, but always encourage your kids to have homemade food. Refer to various cookery shows and subscribe to these kinds of channels from the cable TV offers like Dish TV Offers to make healthy food.

Mark Bennett - About Author:
Mark is a freelance writer and columnist. He has written many articles on food, society, restaurants, etc. Besides writing articles, he does research on various topics like current affairs, entertainment and various offers like Dish TV Offers provided by cable TV providers.

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