Understanding The Realities Of Childhood Obesity.






the Realities of Childhood Obesity.

By John Smi

As a child, do you remember being given a lot of food and being told to gulp down every single bit of it?  Have you encountered parents who think that fat children make healthy and happy children?  These are among the reasons for the rise of childhood obesity cases worldwide.



What is obesity?


Obesity means having too much fat content in the body. To describe it scientifically, obesity is distinguished by having a weight measurement and body mass index well above the norm.

It results from high amounts of calorie intake and very little expenditure of energy.

Obesity is a rapidly growing problem not only in the United States but all over the world.  A recent study has shown that in the United States alone, 65% of the population is overweight and obese.

All around the world, an estimated three hundred million adults are obese.

Fifteen percent of United States’ child population has also been reported overweight. Around the world, an estimated twenty-two million children aged five and below are overweight.



What causes childhood obesity?


Like any other medical condition, childhood obesity may be trigger by several factors, most often in combinations.

Obesity may either be: acquired from external factors, hereditary, caused by psychological factors, or secondary to a present condition.

  1. Acquired. This may be a result of poor eating habits and a lack of physical activities; to burn off the calorie obtained from previously ingested food help contribute to a spike in weight gain.
  1. Hereditary. Children born of obese parents are more prone to being overweight and obese themselves. This is usually brought about by shared unhealthy eating habits observed by the parents.
  1. Psychological factors. Obesity may have come secondarily to children overeating to cope with stress and/or negative emotions such as; boredom, anger, sadness, anxiety or depression.
  1. Illnesses. Various conditions such as hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, depression; and other neurological concerns may lead to obesity and weight gain in children.



Are there any complications?


If a child continues to indulge in poor eating habits and does not engage in physical activities to burn off the calories.

Childhood obesity may develop into life-threatening complications. Including; diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, sleep problems, cancer, and other health concerns. Overweight kids are likely to grow up as overweight adults as well.

Most often than not, obese children get subject to teasing and public humiliation.

To some point, it even leads to harassment, violence and even discrimination by his family.  This causes children to grow up with low self-esteem and depression.

Furthermore, What can be done to prevent childhood obesity?

It is never a good idea to ignore signs of obesity in children.  Intervention should be taken to establish good health before your child’s obesity worsens.



Set an achievable weight-loss goal. 


Your goals shouldn’t be too far-fetched and should still allow room for normal growth and development.  Start small, so as not to overwhelm or discourage your child with the changes you’re planning to implement.





Keep a journal or diary of your child’s daily food.  This helps come up with a more accurate dietary assessment.  This food journal should be as detailed as possible.

Additionally set aside time for physical activities.

Exercise is necessary for continuous weight loss.  This also helps redistribute body fat into muscles.  Again, start small to avoid discouraging the child.  Build up exercise time slowly for better results.

In conclusion, childhood obesity is a condition that is fully reversible.  The best thing to do to avoid this kind of dilemma for your child is to set a good example.

Show them how good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle help you enjoy life more.  This is the best way to show them you care for them too.



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Helping Your Child through Childhood Obesity.

by Jillian Smith


A child that suffers from overweight or obesity is one that should regard as having a temporary disease.

Moreover, The obesity condition is dangerous for child health and has an effect on his social life, self-esteem, and confidence.

When you decide that you want to fight and beat childhood obesity. You should think carefully or a plan and a tactic you will use to fight this condition.

The three major keys in losing weight and having a successful diet plan are regular physical activity.



Performed on a set schedule and without exception.


The physical activity will encourage the child to get better. Hopefully, cause him or her to focus on activity rather than on food or the discomforts of the diet.

The next key to fighting childhood obesity is naturally a diet.  Making a diet plan should be complete after advising with a diet professional that has all the tools; and information about your child and his or her needs.

Making a realistic plan that will take a long time to complete you will gradually adopt new eating habits.

Showing the child that there are different kinds of foods; and that making the child conscious of the things they eat and their effect on weight and the body.

Increasing awareness of the effect of different foods. Is a very important thing since it clearly identifies the cause and effect relationship to the child.



Beating childhood obesity:


The last key for beating childhood obesity is as important and as natural as the first two.

It is slowly and gradually changing the behavior of the child; and sometimes of the whole family, the new behavior patterns can treat as rules first.

Therefore, make sure you explain why it is not good to eat candies.

And more impotently you should make sure that your child knows that from time to time; He or She can make an exception and have candy.

Do not delete and block sweets from their lives completely since this usually has the opposite effect on kids.

The behavior change is a major one and if affects all the rest of the keys mentioned here.

You should try and set rules in the beginning. If you can have a family meeting and set those rules it will be beneficial for everyone.

Therefore, making the children feel that they are setting these rules, you should encourage your kids to set rules and live by them.

When you first start you can also join their activities to show them, they are not alone.

And from time to time you could explain; how important it is to follow the rules and the benefits that are waiting at the end of the road.



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Encourage Obese Children.


A technique I have heard about some time ago uses imagination and positive thinking; to encourage obese children to maintain a diet and physical activity routine.

The parents have a weekly talk with the child and they go over all the last week events. Good and Bad, trying to explain what happened and why.  Not forgetting to compliment the child on his or her achievements.

Once the events analyzed and points made clear the parent and the child close their eyes and imagine. How it would be like in a month or two ahead.

With more weight loss and better fitness and daily routine, talk about all the benefits of losing weight. Like nicer clothes, better feeling, more energy, social admiration and so on.

Therefore, Just make sure that the goals are realistic and can be achieved in a month or two of hard work.

When your child achieves this you should talk to him or her and demonstrate; how belief and willpower has a real effect on life.




Obesity Continues to rise:  Alarming Statistics Promote Change.





Obesity Continues to rising Alarming Statistics.

by Johnson Author


Americans are fast becoming known as some of the old most obese overweight in global populations. This is both worrisome and embarrassing to those living in the U.S., where, according to recent statistics.

According to veteran news writer Bill Hendrick, writing for WebMD, obesity rates have increased in nearly half of the states in America in the past year, with 38 states admitting that obesity rates have risen over 25%.

The highest obesity rates are found in the south, with Mississippi earning the dubious distinction of being the most obese state in the Union.



Alarming Statistics.


Even more worrisome, over 10 million children today are either overweight or obese, leading to concerns about health problems appearing in children and teens that are normally only seen in middle-aged to elderly individuals.

America is well known as the junk food capital of the world; which is a little surprise, considering that nearly every corner in every city across the United States has some sort of fast food restaurant on it.

Mississippi isn’t the only state with a high percentage of obese individuals, according to WebMD. Alabama and Tennessee, North Carolina and Michigan, Oklahoma, and Arkansas are also high in obesity rankings.

The need for education increased physical fitness, and resources to battle this rising academic is increasing.

More teens, as well as adults of all ages than ever before, are qualifying for bariatric and obesity weight loss procedures. A common procedure is performed for obese individuals included but is not limited to:

– Open and Laparoscopic

– Adjustable Gastric Band

– Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB)

– Gastric Sleeve

Biliopancreatic Bypass with the Duodenal Switch


Individuals considered obese and who opt for bariatric surgery must also be willing to make lifestyle changes in diet and exercise for optimal benefits and long-term health and wellness.

Bariatric surgery typically recommends for those who have been unable to lose weight through normal dieting and exercise programs.

Those in danger of obese related disease processes such as hypertension or diabetes are often encouraged to take steps to get their weight back under control.

Most medical practitioners consider bariatric surgery procedures as a last effort to help the severely obese regain control of their lives and require serious consideration.

To facilitate and encourage this some individuals who undergo bariatric surgery seek the help of therapists and nutritionists to help with this difficult part of the process.



Benefits of Bariatric Procedures.


Any individual between the age of 15 and 50 years may be a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery.

The procedure is typically for those who are more than 75 pounds overweight; and have a body mass index of 40 to 50 or 35 to 39 with a life-threatening co-morbidity factor such as diabetes, heart disease, or orthopedic joint issues.

Weight loss measures may help improve conditions including high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary artery disease.  In addition, other body systems, including a digestive, endocrine, and immune system benefit.



Bariatric Surgery Options and Costs.


Several forms of bariatric surgery are available. Restrictive bariatric surgical procedures are designed to generally reduce the size of the stomach and to limit the amount of food a person can eat at one sitting.

Examples of such surgical procedures include lap banding, also known as LAGB, for laparoscopic gastric banding, vertical banded gastroplasty, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass.

Weight-loss surgical procedures are very expensive in the United States and may range anywhere from $17,000-$30,000 per procedure.

While the benefits in long-term health and quality of life often make such a choice not only necessary but reasonable in the long run; funding such procedures is often beyond the means of many individuals.

Gastric bypass surgery using the Roux-en-Y technique may cost as much as $25,000.  The same technique performed in India costs roughly $16,500. 

While in medical travel destinations in South America, costs may hover around $10,000 and often time include all-inclusive stay benefits.

Weight-loss treatments and obesity surgeries and procedures in State-of-art Hospitals and clinics to reduce illness and death caused by obesity. 

For many, weight loss improves multiple conditions including high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary artery disease.



A Growing Problem: Teen Obesity.


Teen obesity has reached nearly epidemic proportions in recent years. The American Heart Association and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that between 15% and 33% of adolescents in the United States alone are overweight.

The increase in overweight and obese teenagers has also increased the number of teens being diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and other physical problems.

Obesity defines as a bodyweight roughly 10% higher than recommended according to body type and height.

Unfortunately, obesity causes alarming 300,000 deaths annually in the United States alone.  At a cost of nearly 1 billion dollars a year.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Medical conditions and disorders are responsible for approximately 1% of all teens diagnosed as being overweight or obese; while overeating and lack of exercise make up the majority. Major contributing factors to teen obesity include:

–              Low self-esteem

–              Lack of exercise

–              Poor eating and nutritional habits


One can argue that the plethora of fast-food restaurants on every corner has contributed to the general rise of weight in teens caused by high fat, high calorie, and high sugar menu items.

In addition to the physical manifestations that obesity may cause, teens who are overweight may also experience emotional difficulties.

That when coupled with obesity, may cause anxiety, depression, withdrawal, lack of self-confidence and self-esteem; and even the development of some obsessive-compulsive disorders.



Treatment of Obesity in Teens.


Obesity in teens may treat with a variety of options, from medications to surgery. 

However, any weight loss treatment for teenagers should focus on providing long-term benefits that include education regarding exercise programs; building healthy and nutritional dietary habits, and family support.

Weight loss treatment centers and support groups are a growing popular option among teenagers, as are adolescent weight loss and obesity surgical procedures.

Nevertheless, teen bariatric surgical procedures represent less than 1% of weight-loss surgical procedures. Based on the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

In most cases, bariatric surgeons will only recommend bariatric surgical procedures if weight may potentially cause more harm to the teenager’s health than potential surgery risks.

Still, gastric banding is one of the most commonly do weight-loss surgical procedures for teens.

Coupled with a multi-disciplinary approach to weight loss and weight loss management that includes nutritional education.

By certified nutritionists, psychological counseling by trained and experienced psychologists, and certified fitness instructors.



Considerations for Teen Obesity Surgery.


The American Academy of Pediatrics revised guidelines under which teenagers might be a review for weight loss surgery. These guidelines include:


–              Failure, following six or more months, of a continuous attempt at weight loss or weight management programs.

–              Requiring the teen to have attained full skeletal growth, meaning 13 years of age or older for girls, and 15 years of age or older for boys.

–              Body mass index (BMI) is greater than 40 with an obesity-related problem such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, joint problems, or breathing difficulties, among others to be determined by the teenager’s physician.

A teenager undergoing weight loss treatments or procedures should be willing.  Able and mature enough to maintain a strict nutritional diet that adheres to bariatric surgery guidelines following surgery; such as gastric bypass or lap banding.

The two most commonly performed weight-loss surgical procedures for teens; have included the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding procedure.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass involves stapling a portion of the stomach and attaching a Y-shaped section of the small intestine to the newly created stomach pouch.

So food bypasses the first portion of the intestine, reducing the amount of food digested and absorbed by the body.

Lap banding utilizes the placement of an elastic band around a portion of the stomach to decrease its size. This procedure is adjustable and removable.





While bariatric surgery may provide physical benefits and aid to weight loss endeavors for teenagers.

Such procedures must be incorporate with education; counseling and support to be successful and to encourage long-term weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

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