Obesity: A national problem

@wsamboer (186)
South Africa
February 2, 2008 10:30am CST
Considering the national problems that we keep our governments accountable for, which are too numerous to mention; I consider obesity as one of the many self-made problems that we as citizens have created and keep on creating to our own hurt and demise. Our schools are filled with children who are hurting because of being victims of teasing by incensitive 'spoilt brats.' And parents are not, in most cases, doing enough to control their kids' uncontrolled eating habits. Although in some cases obesity might be genetic. But in most cases our life styles are unrepented, and our gluttonous eating habits dictate our lifespan. Twenty five years ago Diabetes was unheard of in children below the age of eighteen; today it's no suprise to find an eight or ten year old who is diabetic. We have inculcated a trend into our offspring to espouse the habits, tendencies and life styles that deprive them of the joy of living healthy. Many American and Also African nationals are struggling in adulthood with this epidemic, now a culture. There are many ways in which this culture of obesity can be thwarted. We can start enriching our lives, and afford Macdonalds less riches, by positvely minimising or cutting visits to this food fair giant.
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• United States
3 Feb 08
I agree. America is the only country with an obesity issue. It's always about time or the lack there of. It's too easy with a fast food restaurant on every corner. Today's kids don't do enough outdoor stuff, they spend too much time playing video games, watching television or being online. Either way they aren't active enough. It's hard enough to get through school, but being teased is the worst. And how is it that people decide, on their own, to go to McDonald's everyday and then sue McDonald's for making them fat?
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• United States
2 Feb 08
I disagree about cutting out fast food. I eat fast food a lot because of where I work BUT I also rollerblade over 20 miles a day. I have about 4% body fat on me and yet I eat like a pig. Why? I exercise. You can give kids healthy snacks such as apples and carrot slices and they can still get fat off of those if they don't exercise. Kids get home from school where they sit still for 8 hours a day and then go home and plop in front of a TV set, a computer or in a chair while they gab on the phone for another 5 hours before dinner then to bed. Where is the physical exercise? There is none anymore. Kids get off of school and pork out in front of the TV watching TV or playing video games. When I was a kid, we got out of school and ran across the street to the park and played football (yes I'm a woman and I played football as a kid), tag and a game we invented about boogie men and real heroes or something. We didn't have Internet or computers or TV. PARENTS need to limit their child's TV/internet usage and MAKE them go outside. Ride a bike. Buy some rollerblades. Play baseball/basketball with them. Encourage them to play outside rather than plop down in front of the TV with a bag of chips or like I said earlier, apples and carrots. Any food can make you fat. IT's not just McD's and Burger King. Even Subway with their healthy diet can make you fat if you eat and eat without doing anything to counteract the calories.
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@comfort55 (1574)
• India
3 Feb 08
Last September I'd been to US for the first time and was surprised to see that every third person was an obese...its a dangerous disease because in a person who is obese all the time fat of the body puts pressure on the vital organs of your body and you can well understand its consequence... To live a fit lifestyle you do not need to be an athlete.Simply put being fit means you can perform common daily tasks and leisure activities without any struggle. Many health and fitness experts believe that 30 minutes of moderately intensive activity like fast walking-five days a week, will gradually increase your fitness level. Start by replacing one or two convenience habits that you have adopted with healthy habits,like parking far away and walking to your destination or taking stairs instead of elevator. Diet is also very important part of fitness.Dieticians recommend that you gradually cut the size of meals but eat 5-6 small meals instead of 3 large meals. Whatever you do,dont give up, one bad snack or unsuccessful day doesnt mean you've failed.
@bear_cute (124)
• Malaysia
3 Feb 08
your topic very interesting.what I want mention here obesity did not occur if parent can give detail explanation with their kids.I think not easy but each parent must do the best for welfare their kids.many way can use if the first way not success maybe can do other way for important the kids must understand what parent mean.