10 Tips to Prevent Teen Obesity

Obesity is a growing concern not only in the United States and most other developed countries. Obesity is primarily due to the unhealthy eating habits of people who live in a world that is trying so fast to catch up with itself. Children and teens emulate what the they see happening in their environment, and the result is an increase in teen and childhood obesity.

Childhood obesity has varying effects, and not just on the physical but also on the mental health of the child. Asthma, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common ailments but not the only ones a child can have; he can also suffer from depression because of the pressure and discrimination he experiences everyday from peers and loved ones alike.

As parents, it is left to us to stop childhood obesity from taking root. Below are 10 ways that we can go about it: Continue reading “10 Tips to Prevent Teen Obesity”

The Teen Challenge of Weight Control

Almost everywhere a teenager goes there are opportunities to buy snack foods and. Many schools have snack bars or vending machines, the mall has food courts. If at the movie theater, snacks and munchies will be available for purchase. In truth, many of those establishments do not allow you to bring in your own snacks to eat while watching the featured movie.

All of these eating opportunities is having a negative impact on our health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a revealing summary on the obesity epidemic. What exactly is an epidemic? According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, an epidemic is something that spreads rapidly among many people in a community. This is suitable for obesity, as it is not just situated in America but as the WHO reveals it is a worldwide phenomenon.

Globally, according to the WHO, there are some one billion people that are overweight. That is staggering to think that even in third world countries where not enough food to feed one’s family is a common battle on a daily basis, you still have overweight people. Continue reading “The Teen Challenge of Weight Control”

Even Fat Kids Can Get Dates!

As a fat kid I tried hard to be liked but was extremely shy when it came to asking a girl out on a date. In fact I was so shy that I only had a few dates in high school. In college that all changed when in what some might call an act of foolishness I asked the most beautiful girl in my accounting class to go on a date. As it turned out we became a steady couple and a few years later she became my bride. As it turned out, this girl turned out to be my motivation to loose weight and after I started dating her the pounds started to come off. I tell you this for from personal experience I realize that too many of us allow our obesity to get in the way. Sure, teenage obesity is no fun and sure we often do get rejected. Much of the rejection is brought upon ourselves, if we don’t like ourselves how are we to expect others to like us? If we are too scared of being rejected to face up to it, how are we going to overcome it? Continue reading “Even Fat Kids Can Get Dates!”

Weight Loss Camp A Good Choice For Teens

For many adolescents, a weight loss camp is probably the best way to lose weight and fight off obesity.

Instead of struggling with cafeteria temptations, schoolyard taunts or parental pressures, teens can learn good habits, develop lifelong programs and begin a healthy lifestyle – not just for a summer.

To learn more about why weight loss camp is a very successful method of retained weight reduction for adolescents, keep reading.

Weight Loss

The most obvious and readily apparent benefit of a weight loss camp for teens is the actual physical weight loss that occurs. Free from temptations attacking their will power and encouraged to engage in physical activities, most teens participating will drop the pounds and keep them off. Continue reading “Weight Loss Camp A Good Choice For Teens”

Childhood and Teenage Obesity Risk

Teenage and childhood obesity is a continuing problem in the United States, but do we really understand its dangers?

Our health care costs are exceeding $177 billion.  We are experiencing increased heart disease mortalities, a generation with reduced cognitive development and poor mental health – these are all major risks associated with the present teenage and childhood obesity epidemic. So what are these risks? Let’s review a few of them: Continue reading “Childhood and Teenage Obesity Risk”