Last Updated on
Good morning everyone. Today I have decided to write about a topic that worries me a lot: childhood obesity. It is one of the most important problems in our society today, and I think that many people are truly uninformed on this matter.
What’s the cause of the problem really?
Imagine that your child at mealtime observes that there is a plate of salad and vegetables on the table, and he decides not to eat that because he prefers to take a bag of chips or a bun. You tell him no, that you have to eat what is on the table, that he has to leave the other thing for later. The child gets angry and worsens his behavior until you give him what he wants.
When a child wants something, do you have to give it to him just because he gets angry and makes his behavior worse? What would you do? Even if you look at the previous paragraph, another problem arises: you tell him to leave the fries for later. Come on, he has them insured for later. How to translate that? You are already giving him what he wants, sooner or later. You are already offering him, day after day, a very dangerous disease.
When you get fat, your heart is overloaded, a strong pressure appears in the lungs, you feel like you are short of air, you begin to tire quickly.
Children are the reflection of what they see. If we don’t feed ourselves properly, they won’t. What we build, they build too. The key is to start avoiding this problem as soon as possible, not later. You have to be very aware of this, clearly and simply.
It is worrisome to see a young child with more weight than he should and a fairly high percentage of body fat. He can present various problems such as having high cholesterol levels, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, etc. His life is going to be shortened little by little and by not putting a remedy, he will reach an adult age in which he also suffers from these problems, even some more.
The statistics speak for themselves: the main causes of death are preceded by heart disease, cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), diabetes conditions caused by diet, and obesity. Every year millions of people die from obesity or being overweight. They cause more deaths than other problems that generate greater interest in our society, such as murders, accidents, or suicides.
There are a good number of children in the world who are currently obese. Obesity is related to many diseases such as diabetes, the main cause of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, the main cause of death in the world and that originates from being overweight, it is also related to depression, stress, with some types of cancer.
Childhood obesity has reached quite high numbers. So much so that it is among the first countries with the highest percentage of obese children. Obesity has reached high proportions worldwide and it is estimated that the numbers will increase in the coming years.
Sugary drinks are what are most often consumed. As we already know, these types of drinks contain a large number of calories. If consumed daily, it is very likely that in the future you will suffer from obesity.
Also, it is not the same to consume 80 g of industrial pastries daily than 80 g of fruits or vegetables, for example. You have to take into account the food and its characteristics because it is not that food is very harmful or fattening too much, no, it is that if you consume a pizza, for example, every 2-3 weeks, you are not going to gain as much weight as if you eat a pizza every day, every week that is, regularly.
It is better to take 200 kcal of vegetables than 200 kcal of French fries. I remember again that food in itself does not make you fat. Fattening the way it is consumed.
A sedentary lifestyle + excessive consumption of processed or refined foods (industrial pastries, French fries) = major health problems. The main problem has never been to carry bad habits. The real problem lies in our mind, in our way of thinking and acting.
Short-term childhood obesity does not have high mortality rates, but it does have a risk of poor health in adult life and is a previous factor in obesity in adults.
If we do not reflect on this, it does not matter if they tell you that this is good or this is bad, that does not matter. It does not matter if you eat incorrectly and do not move from the sofa or bed. What does not matter is that you suffer serious diseases because of it. Because of not having remedied previously.
Now let’s think about how a psychologically obese child must feel. You may feel very ashamed to go to school and see how other children laugh at him because of his weight, pick on him in various ways, or constantly tease him, day after day. They feel like they have no friends because of it, they feel excluded from everything and turn to food again. Eating “feels good.”
What if I ask you what your child does day-to-day?
Going out to play with his friends on the street or staying at home watching television? It is not recent news to know that children today spend hours lying on the sofa with all kinds of electronic devices.
How many times a day do they practice some kind of sport? In fact, have they ever played sports? And I don’t mean to always practice the same thing. Childhood is perfect for doing all kinds of sports activities: swimming, soccer, tennis, basketball. There are tons of activities that will help them to relate to others, to lead an active, healthy life, and to have a much clearer mind.
Who is really to blame for all this? I cannot say exactly who is to blame, but many factors influence childhood obesity. Also, we all know the theory perfectly, we are all a little tired of hearing the same thing, but why doesn’t it change?
It is very easy to say: “I know all this, I know what to do.” And the practice? I don’t see many people putting it into practice. I keep seeing how this problem is getting worse. If each person who says this statement was really doing what is best in a practical way, we would not be in the situation we are in today.