obesity


From the time a child is old enough to eat solid food through adolescence, he is taught to finish what has been put on his plate. It is

something that is that is built into our culture, it is the norm to always finish what you start, even food. A child always hears from his parents "no

dessert until you finish your food". Once he is old enough to understand, he is told about all of the starving children in somalia who never have

enough to eat. He is toldto be grateful for what he has and that it is a very bad thing to waste food. So, instead of listening to his body telling

him when to stop eating, he bypasses the instructions that his body is giving him,and he keeps on eating. Basically,he is made to feel like a bad,

ungrateful person if he doesn\'t eat, no matter how full he is. This affects the child throughout his whole life, because he think he should stop eating

only whne he has cleaned his plate. This leads to obesity.

Obesity in children is a serious issue with many health and social consequences that often continue into adulthood. Providing prevention

programs and getting a better understanding of treatment for youngsters is important to controlling the obesity . Many parents are rightly

concerned about their child\'s weight and how it affects them. They look for specific answers for prevention and treatment options. Unfortunately,

the state of the science is a lot less precise than we would like. Are kids too concerned about their weight? What are the best strategies for

prevention? What treatments work over a long time? Researchers are trying to answer those and many other questions. In many cases, common

sense works well. In situations where there are serious health concerns, psychological or social problems, parents should seek out the best

possible advice.

CAUSES OF OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY

Overweight and obesity result from an imbalance involving excessive calorie consumption and/or inadequate physical activity.

For each individual, body weight is the result of a combination of genetic, metabolic, behavioral, environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic

influences.

Behavioral and environmental factors are large contributors to overweight and obesity and provide the greatest opportunity for actions and

interventions designed for prevention and treatment.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND INACTIVITY

It is recommended that Americans accumulate at least 30 minutes (adults) or 60 minutes (children) of moderate physical activity most days of

the week. More may be needed to prevent weight gain, to lose weight, or to maintain weight loss.

Physical education should be put back into the education system as a mandatory from K-12th grade, and not have it as an elective. I feel

that each day the student\'s should do some sort of physical activity to raise the heart rate for at least 15 minutes, then so some type of weight

exercising. For elementary and middle school children there are many ways to weight exercise, you don\'t need to always use heavy weights you

can use special rubber bands used for weight resistance exercise\'s. Then the teacher can continue with the usual PE programs. Statistics

show that 77 percent of school aged children flunked the California Physical Fitness Test. That\'s CRAZY!!!

Sometimes the school don\'t care.The school district that takes advantage of soda machines income and puts the children\'s health aside.

With all the state cut backs the schools look for any kind of income. Even though the statistics show soda is not healthy and diet soda\'s even

more unhealthy the old mighty dollar takes over and they say it\'s for the kid\'s, our budgets keep getting cut by the state so we need to additional

monies elsewhere. The fast food that is sold at schools should be cut out. Also the school should implement closed campus. Most students

only have thirty minutes for their lunch break, so off campus they go in a rush to a fast food restaurant. Mass produced food is the way of the

future for young and old. We need to evaluate our lives and ask ourselves what is important. When you are young you feel no effects of

unhealthy eating, yes maybe heartburn or a stomach ache here or there but no long term illness. With so many children\'s eating habits so bad

and diabetes and