We now live in a time where obesity has truly begun to spiral out of control. According to the United States, Center for Disease Control (CDC), the obesity epidemic spread rapidly during the 1990s across all states, regions, and demographic groups. Obesity is defined as being over 30 percent above ideal body weight. The below listed facts were taken from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website on January 12, 2008: Fact: Obesity rates are soaring in the U.S. Between 1980 and 2000, obesity rates doubled among adults. About 60 million adults, or 30% of the adult population, are now obese. Similarly since 1980, overweight rates have doubled among children and tripled among adolescents - increasing the number of years they are exposed to the health risks of obesity. Fact: Obesity is already having an adverse impact on young people Type 2 diabetes - once believed to affect only adults - is now being diagnosed among young people. 61% (sixty-one percent) of overweight 5- to10-year-olds already have at least one risk factor for heart disease, and 26% (twenty-six percent) have two or more risk factors.
American and other continental patients favor to undergo gastric bypass among all medical treatments for weight loss. Surgeons also prefer this surgery because it is safer and has fewer complications. It can provide long-term, consistent weight loss if dealt with consistent appetite control and ongoing behavioral changes. Medical experts recommend that it is important to understand the significant risks and side effects of the surgery. Gastric bypass is a major procedure that requires permanent changes in your lifestyle, patients must be very aware to these changes that might affect their lives in the long run. After the weight loss surgery, patients may experience body aches, mood changes, dry skin, tiredness, hair thinning and hair loss. These effects are due to the rapid weight loss and will occur in the first three to six months. Gastric surgery or bariatric surgery offers sustained weight loss, but this procedures presents a greater risk in malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies and requires close monitoring.
Those of you who have been struggling with the weight loss issue have likely tried many different diets, exercise programs, supplements and weight loss aids but in the end still find yourselves struggling to keep the pounds off. This can be extremely frustrating when abdominal obesity has been correlated with heart disease, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis and several other chronic life disabling ailments. Have you ever, for a moment stopped to consider why, for you losing weight is such a difficult and frustrating challenge? Well if not I would like to ask you to consider whether you are actually afraid of losing that extra weight! Afraid you say? How could I be afraid if I'm spending all of this time and effort trying to lose it? What could this have anything to do with a fear of losing weight, you might add? Well if you look at it closely, yes you do spend a great deal of time and effort trying to lose weight but then it so easily stays or comes back on board doesn't it? What do you think that's about?
Research and studies show that our children are growing fatter by the day. Many families all over Indonesia and many countries are struggling to keep the weight of their children within reasonable limits. As a parent, I know that it's nearly impossible for me to look into the tear-filled eyes of my son and refuse food. So, what's the alternative? Studies show that the number one reason for obesity in children is not junk food and colas. It's actually TV. Children tend to plop themselves on the sofa and munch away happily when they are in front of the TV sets. But, once the set is off, their natural buoyancy will lead the children to do stuff and to move their body. They will then be diverted from eating. Recreational after school activities are a must if you feel that your child is beginning to put on undesirable fat. It is better to begin these activities as early as possible. The more weight the child gains, the harder he has to work to shed it. Football, swimming, skating and Karate are just some activities he can participate in.
Waist measurement, the amount of fat around your belly, is a quick and simple way to estimate the risk that abdominal fat poses to your health. Waist measurement should be made correctly. Waist measurement should be made1 cm below the belly button after having breathed out. No holding your belly in! For Men, a waist measurement exceeding 37 inches is associated with potential diseases.and a waist measurement exceeding 40 inches is associated with substantial health risk. For Women, a waist measurement exceeding 32 inches is associated with potential diseases and a waist measurement exceeding 35 inches is associated with substantial health risk. Waist measurement is now believed to be a much more accurate measure of future health risk than BMI alone. Where you carry your weight is even more important than how much weight you carry. You are at risk for overweight related diseases like high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Instead of being distributed evenly around the hips, arms and legs, the overweight stocked as fatty acids is piled up in the stomach muscles and in vital organs.
Obesity is defined as having an excessive accumulation of body fat which will result in the person's body being about 20% heavier than their ideal body weight. So those people whose weight is above what is considered their ideal range, are defined as being overweight. People who are obese may find that they are not only physically unfit, but their well being is usually very low as well. Many obese people will also tend to have a shorter life expectancy than those who are the right weight for their body size. Plus, it can sometimes lead to social disabilities and unhappiness, which in turn may cause them stress and in some cases, may make them mentally ill as well. There are a number of causes for obesity which center around an imbalance energy you put into your body. Calories that are obtained from the food you eat and the energy you release from your body (how good your metabolism is, and how much physical activity you take part in). Obesity is often because there is a problem with the nutritional value of their diet, or it may be psychological, familial or physiological.
Let's look at a typical family. Mum and dad get home from work tired out, the kids are sat in their bedrooms on the computer or games consoles munching on crisps and chocolate bars and drinking fizzy pop. Mum chucks some oven chips and pizza in for tea, mum and dad sit down in front of the telly while the kids go back to their games or computers. Does that sound familiar to you? With the pressures of work and home as well as the rising cost of living this has become the norm.Stop and take a look at your family, are you killing them? I know that sounds harsh but it's the truth. Not only are you not ensuring your kids have a healthy diet and enough exercise but you are denying them an education. Not an education like school but an education in life. It is your job to ensure your children get educated in how to cook healthy, eat healthy and get enough exercise. If you do not how can your kids teach their kids and so the epidemic will grow. If the scenario above sounds like your family then stop and think about how to change your life.
Here's a simple three step study with which I'd like to challenge every physical educator in the USA. It's really very simple, check it out. 1. Identify all the kids in your school who can perform at least one legitimate pull up. And by legitimate pull up I use the old "all the way up and all the way down rule." It says you start from all the way down (straight elbows), and pull all the way up (chin touching the bar). Everything else, including kicking, screaming, grunting, groaning, grimacing, and cursing (under your breath) is fair game. 2. Look over this list of kids and identify any of them who you'd consider obese. In other words, I want to know if any kids in your school are simultaneously able to do pull ups and are obese? My intuitive bet is no, but let's make sure.* 3. If you want to take it one step further, take your list and divide it into 3 groups those who can do between one and five pull ups, those who can do between six and ten pull ups, and those who can do more than ten pull ups.
Obesity is a growing concern for people all over the world. The feeling of having lost the battle of achieving a very beautiful you is not lost, if you are confident that you can achieve a lighter and a healthier you, there are many ways and opportunities to help you control your weight problem. Obesity can lead to many life threatening health diseases. The crucial point that you should know when you look into ways of losing your weight is to modify and control your life-style. Obesity levels are compared by the present weight to 'ideal weight' as found by IBM in comparison to gender, age, weight and height. Weight gain or obesity can be a hereditary problem and there are different ways to put a check to it. Until you don't set in goals to loose weight you cannot reach your destination and the permanent solution to this weighty problem is change in life-style. Firstly, you need to change your eating habits and follow a strict regime of exercise. You could take the help of your doctor or a dietician who could chalk out a weight loss and diet program.
Elizabeth started gaining weight in high school and laughs that "my big hips come from my dad's side because my mother is extremely small." Elizabeth, who never knew her father, regularly braves the dating scene but says she knows lots of overweight women who don't dare: Some sisters "hold on to extra weight as physical and psychological protection against a hostile world. The thinking goes like this: If I am fat already, I don't have to concern myself about going out and trying to find a man, because I already know that most men want thin women. So many women think, 'Oh my God, if I lost weight, someone might actually be attracted to me and I might have a relationship-and risk being rejected for some other reason.'" Beyond the immediate issue of using your weight to avoid intimacy lurks another tragedy for some women. They turn to food to ease the painful memories of childhood sexual abuse. Sadly, young women and girls who've been molested, often by a relative or close family friend-someone they knew and trusted-grow up harboring the secret and the shame, attempting to bury them through various forms of addiction.