Obesity: Avoiding the Fatal Mistake in Weight Loss Sometimes in our quest to lose weight, we become overly zealous and decide we are going to lose in a couple of weeks what we have gained in a couple of years or more. This is a set-up for failure as surely as if we didn't even embark on a weight loss program. This is also why almost all fad diets fail.
Obesity is becoming increasingly prevalent in most developed countries. The incidence among children and adolescents is rising at an even faster rate than that of adults. Let's take a look at the main aspects of this troubling condition which is jeopardizing health by itself and by means of the illnesses and diseases it promotes. What is obesity? In its simplest form, obesity can be defined as "excess body fat".
What does this have to do with convenience foods and/or fast foods? We can start with breakfast. There are an increasing number of children who do not even eat breakfast and those that do may start it with sugary cereals and refined foods low in nutrients and fiber as opposed to items such as a healthy fruit smoothie, eggs, and/or cooked (from scratch) oatmeal or other high fiber grains.
Have you been wondering what simple steps you can take to control your child's weight gain? What if there was just one single step you could take to make a huge impact? If the idea of making the necessary changes to get your obese child back in shape seems overwhelming, relax. There is one major change that you can make that will help. It is a lot easier to make one change than it is to change your entire way of doing things.
Do you know a family facing childhood obesity issues? Are you wondering what you can do to prevent the same problems before they happen in your own family? Even if your child is not yet facing a weight issue, your best preventative action is to provide a nutritious diet. If your child is already moving towards obesity, do the same thing. Provide healthy food and never mind plunging the child into a food trauma by putting him or her on a stringent diet.
Are you a parent that is afraid to say no? Do you need the affirmation of your children or loved ones to build up your own self esteem? There is nothing cuter than a plump and healthy baby or a chubby-cheeked toddler. We all have different bodies and body types. A tall slender parent can have a short stocky child and a short stocky parent can have a slender child.
We all know the difficulty of being overweight. It's hard on our health, hard on our self-esteem, hard on our wardrobe. However, do you know it's hard not to be fat in the times during which we live? We are assaulted from all sides (insofar as our weight is concerned). For example, who has time to cook? We are all overloaded and overwhelmed just getting through the day.
Obesity is now recognized as a medical issue. To treat it successfully means reaching an ideal body weight without worsening the condition due to the chosen method of intervention. It must be a sustainable program, too, with behaviors that can be easily maintained over time. Some of the commonly used weight reduction techniques for obesity are behavior modification, diet reduction, exercise, pharmacologic approach and surgery.
Did you realize that childhood health problems are becoming much greater over the last two decades? Have you wondered while more and more studies are being conducted to find the causes? Over the last quarter century, childhood obesity has been approaching epidemic proportions. This is a huge problem that affects more than 9 million children just in the United States.
Are you worried about your child and their increasing weight gain? Have you wondered what you can do to decrease the possibility of childhood obesity being part of your family life? It used to be that obesity was something that happened to unhappy and unhealthy adults. It was fairly common knowledge that being really fat to the point of obesity was a dangerous health problem.