Health and Fitness

Is Obesity a Problem For You?

An Australian Online dating/singles site has conducted some research on health issues regarding body fat and obesity that effects over 70% of men and women in western countries. Obesity is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke and cancer. Out of 100 people we surveyed who considered themselves over weight, 90% of participants say their weight problem has caused them life long social and emotional issues. Participants also claim that entering the dating and singles scene has been difficult due to insecurities which stem from having a weight problem. Over 70% of participants have turned to online dating sites to find singles for fear of rejection with offline options. For many, their obesity rules their everyday decisions and actions. Losing body fat would have to be on most peoples wish list. Certain areas on your body are particularly difficult to shed excess body fat. The most common areas for unwanted body fat are the stomach and thighs. To have a flat tummy would be a dream come true for those challenged in this area.

Why Are We Seeing So Many Obese Children?

Obesity rates, which have already reached epidemic proportions in many western countries, are continuing to rise and so it is not surprising that we are seeing an increasing number of overweight children. The dangers of childhood obesity today are all too clear, but what leads to child obesity? As with many conditions there is no one cause of child obesity and several different factors, usually working together, come into the equation when we are looking at obesity in children. Frequently a child with obese parents will also be obese and this indicates that there is a possible genetic or inherited link to obesity. This is one area that is currently being researched in a number of medical studies on child obesity. At present however no clearly identifiable genetic connection has been found and it is thought to be far more likely that child obesity is caused by diet and eating habits within the family and not genetics. Eating habits have altered markedly in recent years with fast food restaurants appearing everywhere, junk food widely and readily available and our supermarket shelves packed with convenience foods that frequently contain very high amounts of sugar.

Is Gastric Bypass Surgery the Right Solution For Obese Children?

While the number of gastric bypass surgeries being performed each year is going up as obesity rates continue to rise in most western countries, a lot of people still believe that surgery is not the right solution for obesity in teens. Nonetheless, this could be changing and, although numbers are still relatively small, teenage gastric bypass surgeries increased by 300% between 2000 and 2003. There are presently two considerations for most surgeons when it comes to surgery as an answer to the problem of obesity in teenagers. The first issue is whether or not surgery is safe in this age group and the second issue is how adolescent patients will fare in the long term. The question of the long term effects of weight loss surgery is of course one which will only be answered with time, when a large enough group of teenagers has had surgery and we have produced some meaningful statistics. During 2003 in excess of 105, 000 gastric bypass operations were performed but fewer than 800 of these operations were carried out on teenage patients.

Finally Something is Being Done to Tackle Obesity in Schools

The rate or obesity in our children is increasing quickly and the blame, to a certain extent, is being laid at the door of our schools. It is no surprise therefore that we are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of articles talking about child obesity and cafeteria foods. During the past 20 years the incidence of overweight among 6 to 11 year olds has increased from 7% to almost 18.8% while the incidence among teenagers has risen from 5% to 17.1%. and, until recently, there has been no regulation of the foods offered in schools which have been left to offer whatever they have wished to through school cafeterias, vending machines and snack bars. A report however entitled 'Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way to Healthier Youth' has now been published by The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Institute of Medicine detailing nutritional standards that schools must adopt. The report begins by dividing food into Tier 1 foods (foods containing at least one serving of fruit, vegetables and/or whole grain foods or non-fat or low-fat dairy products) and Tier 2 foods (foods which are not specified as Tier 1 foods but which are nonetheless considered to be acceptable in nutritional terms in limited quantities).

Obesity in Our Children Has Now Reached the Very Young

Obesity is now at epidemic levels in the US and, perhaps not surprisingly, is now commonly being seen in teenagers. It would seem however that this epidemic has now spread outside of the adult and adolescent population and we are starting to see obesity at young ages that many people are finding it difficult to believe. Although it is hard to believe, a recent study that looked at just under two thousand children reported a disturbingly large number of both overweight and obese children at just three years of age. The study examined a group of children who were born to low income families from 1998 and 2000 in some twenty US cities. Both the weight and height of the children were recorded at the age of three and the researchers noted that almost one-third of both white and black children were obese or overweight with this figure rising to forty-four percent in the case of Latino children. While across the board these figures are of great concern, the high incidence of obesity in Latino children is particularly worrying and is so far inexplicable.

A Gastric Bypass Diet Without Surgery

In today's market, that must be a million diets available to a persons looking to shed some weight. People are now wondering if a gastric bypass diet without surgery will help them lose weight and the answer is yes. A gastric bypass diet is basically 60 grams of protein a day with less than 10 grams of sugar per meal and a limited amount of fat. A bariatric diet in the early stages requires that the food items be either pureed, baby food or liquid protein drinks. With that being said, there are actually some pretty good food plans on the market that are relatively similar to the gastric bypass diet. For a person that has not had the surgery, it is important to eat one sensible meal per day. Your total calorie intake should be at least 1000 calories. The only reason a gastric bypass patient does not consume that much is it is not possible in the early stages of recovery. If you eat too few calories your body will not want to let you shed the pounds. It takes a certain amount of calories to burn calories.

Non Nutrition Guide

Introduction Let us define good diet practices as those which provide us the nutrition we need for whatever happens to be our lifestyle. And let us admit that several of the sciences can help us to define good diet technology, such as physics, chemistry, biology and the composite of nutritional science. Sensible eating does not require rocket science. If the reader is with me this far, I now define non nutritional foods as those which deflect us from good diet balance. For the most part, I am thinking about prepared foods. Diet for Lifestyle In the highly mechanized modern world, technology provides most of the muscle and energy in our lives. In prior eras, all but the rich had to consume large amounts of calories just to meet daily needs. Much of the present obesity epidemic results from calorie consumption exceeding needs. Exercise is important for overall good health, but it is impossible for exercise to burn calories as fast as high energy foods can provide them. Therefore, we must match our consumption with our needs to avoid obesity.

Teenage Obesity a Growing Problem Parent Must Not Ignore

Teenage obesity is a growing problem, to coin a phrase, but not to make light of a disastrous situation. Indeed many millions of people worldwide are now classified as at least overweight with a good proportion falling into the obese category. There were more than 10 million overweight people in the United States alone and of these more than 15% were cases of over weight, or obesity in children and teenagers. In fact the number of people worldwide who are overweight actually recently surpassed the number who are underweight due to lack of proper, regular nourishment. This is simply a dire, man-made consequence of cheap groceries, fast food and a surfeit of availability of "so-called" foods that are high in energy, but low in nutritional value, in a world that decreasingly requires folks "to get off their butts" and do something energetic! This is a particular concern for obese teenagers because they are often developing a lifestyle pattern that will lead to years of misery and ill health.

Obesity and Snoring - How Are They Connected?

For those individuals that regularly snore and those having to live with the snoring person, they are more than likely, desperately sleep deprived on a daily basis due to so many hours of constant loss of nightly sleep. Time and time again, snoring individuals have been trying to once and for all find a working final resolution to their snoring problems, and more often than not, they just can't seem to find the proper fitting anti-snoring remedy to bring a peaceful night's sleep. One of the reasons that so many people that are searching for that perfect working anti-snoring remedy just can't seem to find the best fitting one to end their nightly snoring is because they just may not have realized that there are a number of reasons in general that specifically causes nightly snoring problems to begin with. While searching to resolve a snoring problem, there are anti-snoring solutions for solving the many variations to stop snoring. For many snoring individuals, there must be the realization that it often takes time to find the best working snoring products, methods, or devices.

BMI and the Obesity Paradox

The Body Mass Index (BMI), or Quetelet index, named for the mathematician Adolphe Quetelet who created it in the 1800's, was designed as an measure of a population and not as a means to measure individuals. It is only a statistical tool that merely indicates adiposity (degree of fatness). Based solely on height and weight information, it fails to account for varying proportions of muscularity, fat, bone, water weight, or one's level of fitness. Competitive athletes frequently measure obese due to their increased muscularity and weight, in relation to their height. Furthermore, the various classifications of Starvation /Underweight /Normal/Overweight /Obese /Morbidly Obese have been found to have wildly varying health benefits across numerous epidemiological studies. Unfortunately, the "War on obesity" and the excessive media focus upon this "war" has shown the limitations of such an arbitrary measure. Repeatedly, we are being inundated with the message to get our BMI down to a "normal" level (18.

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