It’s Not Only US

World Peace for Our Bodies

People are struggling all over the world with obesity. In the U.K. over 1/3 of children are classified as overweight. In the U.S. recent studies have determined that between 16 and 33% of adolescents and teens are obese. Obesity in childhood and adolescence many times leads to obesity in adulthood. Now is the time to take action and nip this issue in the proverbial bottom.

Ways to help manage obesity in children and adolescents include:

  • start a weight-management program
  • change eating habits (eat slowly, develop a routine)
  • plan meals and make better food selections (eat less fatty foods, avoid junk and fast foods)
  • control portions and consume less calories
  • increase physical activity (especially walking) and have a more active lifestyle
  • know what your child eats at school
  • eat meals as a family instead of while watching television or at the computer
  • do not use food as a reward (BIG ONE!)
  • limit snacking
  • attend a support group (e.g., Overeaters Anonymous)
  • lead by example, like the saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words.”

Obesity frequently becomes a lifelong issue.  The reason most obese adolescents gain back their lost pounds is that they tend to go back to their old habits of eating and exercising.  An obese adolescent must therefore learn to eat and enjoy healthy foods in moderate amounts and to exercise regularly to maintain a desired weight.

Let’s make this world a better place and lead the way!