Obesity in children

posted by James Laver, Work Experience 2012.

Many children nowadays are self-conscious of how they look. With the media constantly hypnotising us into looking great, many children often feel that they are ugly, to fat, or to thin. This has a major effect on a child’s life, and can lead to mild depression, paranoia and eating disorders. Two of the most common are anorexia and bulimia, diseases which cause people to loose huge amount of weight. These are considered to be highly dangerous diseases, and in some cases life threatening. Why is it then that obesity is often overlooked, and not believed to be dangerous or have great effect on a child’s life?

Here are some facts and figures from a website called WitWeightLoss, which aims to make people more aware of the problem:

1.     Obesity is the number one health problem in the world, yet is constantly being overlooked.

2.     Obesity can lead to high cholesterol, heart attacks and low insulin production.

3.     30% of children ages 2-12 in 2010 were overweight or obese.

The above figures show how big an issue obesity is becoming. The main ways of preventing this problem are:

         Regular exercise, at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise per day.

         Reducing the amount of sugars eaten.

         Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in the child’s diet.

         It is said that a child or teenager aged 5-18 should do approximately 60 minutes of exercise per day, this can be spread out throughout the day, and includes vigorous sports such as football of swimming, or less vigorous activities such as walking or jogging.

Obesity can be prevented. A healthier future for a child is a happier future.

Here at Tring Martial arts we aim to prevent these problems before they arise. So for a happier future, visit our website www.tringmartialarts.com 


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