is someone in your family or circle of friends obese?

Philippines
June 13, 2012 9:40am CST
I once watched an episode of Oprah in which the famous host mentioned that "No child is obese alone." Cases of overweight moms with obese kids were featured as guests, and the moms were interviewed on their sentiments about the obesity in the family. Do you believe that the parent is the most important factor in the battle against childhood obesity? Do you agree that discipline in eating begins at home?
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@ShyBear88 (17228)
• United States
13 Jun 12
In a lot of case that is the truth a child wouldn't be over weight and obese if the parent themselves wasn't either. Being some what healthy does start with the parents and setting an example by encourage good eating habits or not giving in every time your child wants something that you know isn't good for them because that is the only thing they will eat. It isn't the only thing they will eat if they are hungry enough they will eat what you put in front of them. Also trying to get your kids in activities that give them some what of a work out in some way. But it isn't always the main factor other factors have to be taken in to account. Some times it's genetic that maybe its that person metabolism or something is wrong with there thyroid. Some times it's just the child that is the only one over weight because of bad habits parents allow, or that there is something else medical. There is always more to the store. My sister-in-law is obese but my nephew is as skinny as can be but that is for different reason. My dad was always heavy and he would try and try to lose weight he did everything that his doctor order him and the only thing that worked was insulin but me and my brothers where always small but now both of my brothers are kind of big. I'm the only one with an actually fast metabolism.
• Philippines
14 Jun 12
Thanks for sharing all these real-life examples. So many insights people can learn from there.
@ShyBear88 (17228)
• United States
15 Jun 12
Your always going to learn some thing on mylot. Especially medical things you will get to know a lot of things.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
13 Jun 12
I believe that the parents have a shared responsiblity when it comes to obesity in their children. If you start off giving them everything and anything they want in quantity then they are part of the problem. I believe its the parents that should start by being wise about the foods they give their children from the beginning of them eating solid foods. I believe at times it does become mental issues on the part of the child which then the parents, usually the mom, become enablers. Giving the child whatever they want. Its a shame how many kids are obese at this time. I also want to blame it on the fast food industry, the foods are not healthy and they put to much salt in the foods. I also have to blame the parents because if the parents didn't take them to these restaurants we wouldn't have the obesity problem we have in America today. Stop eating fast foods and you will see a big drop in weight.
• Philippines
24 Jun 12
The fastfood industry, parents who encourage their kids to stuff themselves, lack of discipline and tendency to engage in emotional eating on the part of the kids themselves... all these contribute to kids' obesity.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
28 Jun 12
I do think it is the parents first and main obligation to kids to teach them to eat right. That being said...it isn't fast foods fault anyone is obese. No one forces anyone, young or old to eat there. IT is a CHOICE of the person paying the bill. If they think the food is so bad, if they are concerned and trying to not eat fatty foods and watch weight, theirs or the kids..then they should choose to not eat there. But this constant blaming of fast foods on obesity...it is such a crock. No, it isn't a crock, it is a blatant form of irresponsibility. A way to have what you want, and not take responsibility. ON the other hand...there are healthy CHOICES at fast foods these days....the eater just has to choose them. The parents are to blame if their child is obese and they are blaming it on the fast food. Those kids don't go there by themselves. THey aren't paying the bill. It is totally the parents CHOICE to let themselves and their kids get obese if they frequent fast foods and gorge out while there. A Happy Meal a week isn't going to put any weight on anyone. But one every day or 2 Big Macs and large fries and soda couple times a week...the weight will come when you call! I have even seen shcool lunch meals that are the grosest things ever...and the only reason they can say they are "low cal" is simply cause there is LOW amount of food. The portions are so small.. I don't know how older kids or more active kids are not passing out from lack of substance after they eat one of those school lunches. And don't blame fast foods...have you noticed the ingredients and calorie/fat content at dinner entree's at resturants lately? Yahoo News has thsi every now and then where they rate meals at dinning room resturants. The calories in those entrees...even the ones with chicken.. are astronomical! I read where some of them are even higher than a big Mac! But since it is chicken and at a nice resturant..no one thinks about the calories/fat there! I wont' say that being obese is a choice in every case...but I'd say that in a great deal of most of them...the kids are not taught how to eat as the parents dont' know and won't learn. Easier to get a Happy Meal than cook a meal at home. Laziness is a huge factor on both sides..the one making the meal and the one eating it!
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
14 Jun 12
There are quite a number of people around who are obese.The whole lot of body weight being added to the person is troublesome most of the time. Obesity definitely brings in a number problems detrimental to normal health. Checking your weight it turns out to be a serious health hazard is desired.
• Philippines
24 Jun 12
Yes, obesity can trigger a host of serious illnesses, so people with excess pounds need to do something about it, beginning with getting off the couch and exercising daily and choosing healthier foods.
@maximax8 (27979)
• United Kingdom
14 Jun 12
I believe that the parent is the most important factor in battling against childhood Obesity. It is essential to have child portion sizes and not keep having second helpings all the time. A mix of healthy eating and moderate exercise is important. I think walking to school if it is possible is sensible exercise. I suggest the children eating fruit and vegetables. I have a friend that is obese. He is very tall and looks fat. He eats too large portions and doesn't exercise enough. Sadly he is not interested in losing weight. He is in his mid thirties and he could get health worries if he keeps a body mass index of over 30. I guess his body mass index is around 34. Overweight is a body mass index of between 25 and 30. His twin has got very slim through more sensible eating and cycling to work.
• Philippines
24 Jun 12
Portion control is one of the techniques to attaining a healthier weight. You're right about that. Not crash dieting nor getting into starvation mode, which just makes the dieter feel deprived and make up for it by binging later on. I guess some obese people who do nothing find out the hard way, years later, how it can make them prone to serious illnesses. Brisk walking or other forms of exercise for at least 30 minutes each day is one of the ways to lose excess pounds.
@babyEj (1525)
• Philippines
13 Jun 12
Among others, yes the parents is the most reliant person to have in the battle of obesity. It is good to have somebody to check everything that might add up to your calorie, and somebody to be with when exercising. My answers to all your questions is affirmative. Everything starts at home with our parents.
• Philippines
24 Jun 12
In the absence of parents, a friend may be a good workout buddy. Self-discipline is a very important factor for individuals who intend to lose the extra pounds.
@Labrat (210)
13 Jun 12
ive got a few friends who are obese, unfortunetly they have no intension of slimmer
• Philippines
24 Jun 12
Some obese people don't realize that they may be like a walking time bomb. Some of their main body organs may malfunction as they advance in years without doing anything to attain a healthier weight.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
13 Jun 12
I guess that is a logical explanation for the obesity of your children, because they might lack of exercise, or body movement, and they were just lazy laying around the couch, and they eat more and more every day. They also neglect the importance of healthy food altogether, which contribute the major factor of becoming fat. Should the parents take a watch on their children daily activities.
• Philippines
24 Jun 12
Eating healthier and regular physical exercise are always advised by nutrition experts. People with weight problems should also take a look and understand their body's biological process. Genetics, likewise, plays a role on why some people find it so difficult to lose excess pounds and keep them off.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
13 Jun 12
It depends. In some cases, it is because the parents eat a lot of sweets and fatty foods, but in some cases, it is because of a food intolerance. For instance if one has an intolerance to wheat, if one eats too much wheat for them, they may gain weight and have difficulty to lose it. So for instance, you could eat two slices of bread at each meal, eat fruits and vegetables, and not gain, but me I have to either cut down the bread or substitute gluten free. The parents are most important, but only if they know the facts. I do not like the idea of making mothers feel guilty. That does not work. You have to listen to the history of the family. In my case, I knew of a relative on my father;s side who was gluten intolerant because I wondered when I cut down on wheat products I started to lose weight. and that is after I cut out the transfats.
• Philippines
24 Jun 12
Yes, some people have food sensitivities. It's really not a matter of making mothers feel guilty, because most of them are actually clueless that they're instrumental to their kids' obesity. Cutting out trans fats is a good decision on the part of those trying to shed flab and taking the route to healthier eating.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
13 Jun 12
While there are many cases of obese moms with obese children, that is not the situation in every case. I think that eating can be a learned behaviour and most certainly children learn by example. If the parent has poor eating/exercising habits then yes this will rub off on the children to some extent. However, having said that, there are also some cases of obese parents where the children are not obese at all. Yes, in my little family my husband is obese. He has been told by his doctor that he has to lose weight. He has two children from a previous relationship. One is obese, the other is not. Maybe it depends on whether or not BOTH parents are obese? One child may take after the obese parent while another one takes after the other parent. A possibility I guess.
• Philippines
14 Jun 12
Indeed, eating healthy can be a learned behavior. There are different causes and strategies for extra flab. Unfortunately, few people realize that fat in areas like the abdomen can be quite harmful. Some folks with viscera fat probably don't know the health dangers they're up against.