Honey That's Not Just Baby Fat!
Honey That’s Not Just Baby Fat.
I am sure that I am not the only person that has heard “oh honey you’re not fat it’s just your baby weight.” Or better yet “oh honey you’re just big boned.” And it’s not like we believe them so they should probably just stop saying that. But with all honestly it does make us feel better, which all goes out the window when we notice how much bigger we are compared to our friends and the ones that aren’t our friends.
More and more children are being teased for their rapidly increasing weight. 30-32% of children are now over weight. Due to poor diet and lack of exercise children are starting to balloon into massive weights that are dangerous to their health. Children are developing problems like Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, anxiety, and even Depression. These are the diseases that you get when you are in your late 30’s and not at the ages of 6-12. Trying to reverse the excessive weight gain in children is very challenging. Everyone’s body responds to diet and exercise differently, some bodies change drastically and other bodies don’t change at all. Many parents and politics are suggesting incorporating lighter and healthier meals, as well as more gym or some sort of exercising class for the students. But because of the different responses to dieting, it makes it very difficult to install one particular type of diet and exercise plan in public and private schools.
As we all know it is hard to do anything when you are being teased especially when that comes to your weight. Unfortunately some children are predisposed to obesity. One study found that 80% of the offspring of two obese parents were obese in contrast to less than 10% of the offspring of two parents who were of normal weight. Of the surveyed 1,520 children, ages 9–10, there is a correlation between obesity and low self esteem. Low self esteem led to 19% of obese children feeling sad, 48% of them bored, and 21% of them feeling nervous. The majority of children that are predisposed to obesity are children from Hispanic, African American, and Native American decent. But being depressed can also lead a child to over eat, only filling the hole of loneliness and depression with food for comfort, for a temporary time and then needing to eat again when the feelings come back.
But now we are back at square one trying to fix the problem of childhood obesity. What can we do to help them? What is there to do? Where do we start? Children are being bullied and committing suicide because they are being teased so ruthlessly for the way that they look. Being one of those kids that felt that same pain when I was young, I really do feel and understand what these children are going through. But unlike the majority of the world, that is leaving it up to the school system and the government. I truly believe that helping children with their weight starts in the home, with nutritional meals and energetic activities.
- Childhood Obesity
Obesity in early childhood can lead to adult obesity. Genetics and family environment play a role in childhood obesity. The goal for obese children should be to maintain weight or reduce the rate of gain. Encourage obese children to be active, turn o
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