If ignored, childhood obesity can remain a challenge for you throughout your life. For example you can run the risk of developing diabetes, arthritis, heart failure and hypertension. One of the ways in which you can record and assess your experiences is to use a healthy living journal.
Children can take part as long as they are not put under enormous pressure to fit in with the stereotypical celebrity figure. Rather they should be given skills that enable them to lead a healthy lifestyle. For example a parent may encourage children to write down the nutritional content of their favourite food. This is the awareness level that is required for later in life when adults can make decisions independently. If you have had a bad foundation then it is likely that many of your choices in the future will be inappropriate.
Ask yourself these three questions.
Why are you obese?
There are many reasons why you could be classified as being clinically obese. These include injury, metabolic disorders, genetics, a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet habits. It is important that you understand all these causes so that you can design solutions that are more than capable of dealing with them. You can see how your body has changed over time and the various events that have accompanied those changes. For example you may have gained weight after a period of stress following a personal bereavement. Overweight children may start to binge on food as a comfort measure against the bullying that they are experiencing at school. Unless these underlying factors are addressed in your weight loss project, it is likely that you will not completely recover.
What are the effects of being obese?
One of the best deterrents for anyone that is letting their body go is the knowledge that they are causing harm which may be irreversible (regardless of whether it is preventable or not). A poor diet and lack of exercise has been associated with many serious health conditions including asthma, hepatic steatosis, sleep apnea, diabetes mellitus and hypertension. This does not mean that you live in perpetual fear. Rather it is an opportunity for you to reflect on some of the consequences that are associated with the kind of lifestyle that you are leading. We have the free will to make choices that affect our health. If we select the wrong options then we should be prepared to suffer the consequences.
What things can be done to improve your health?
The internet is full of all sorts of solutions that are associated with helping you to reduce your weight. They include diet pills, exercise regimes, fad diets, hormone treatments and even surgery. It is important that you reflect on the options that are being given to you and make an informed assessment of the best programs out there. You should also pay attention to any negative elements that are associated with the programs that you select.
The secret shame of childhood obesity means that many people are unwilling to discuss the subject. In the USA there was an outcry from the Conservative circles when the First Lady Michelle Obama suggested that children should be encouraged to live healthily. This shows that attitudes are still divorced from the reality of the crisis we are facing.