Kids Obesity and Gastric Bands
This is not an article to preach to parents - just my thoughts...
Obesity is on the increase in adults and kids but it’s more saddening to see young kids looking very overweight. I have observed over the years that these kids are not really to blame. Nowadays, the food we consume is full of unhealthy additives and makes them blow up. Hence, you see a 10 year old girl who has already started developing into a woman. Decades ago this used to be well into a girl’s teens.
Also, even though parents can have an influence, the schools also have a responsibility. Watching a Program this month, Jamie Oliver (well known Food guru in UK) visited a school in America. The kids were having Pizza for Breakfast. If Pizza is for Breakfast then what will be for lunch? Jamie later prepared a meal for them with vegetable and fruits, but most of the kids ate just a bit and threw it in the bin. It would make such a healthy difference if kids could cut down on eating food with additives.
Sometimes, getting kids to exercise, home cooking their meals and encouraging them to eat Fruit/Veg doesn’t deal with Obesity quick enough. In such cases, Gastric Bands could be considered - for Teens only.
This is a restrictive device placed around the upper part of the stomach. It creates a small pouch at the upper part of the stomach that will hold some food for each meal. The pouch fills quickly with food, as the band restricts the movement of food from there to the lower stomach. It helps the person to be hungry less often and feel full more quickly for a longer period of time. It will make them eat smaller portions, which would eventually result in weight loss, over time.
Final Thoughts: Obesity affects our kids in many ways. They get bullied, ridiculed, lack confidence and sometimes obesity can trigger other health problems – such as diabetes or something else.
Let's help kids enjoy their Childhood.
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