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”

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”

Joint Problems in Overweight Children and Teenagers

Arthritis is typically associated as an old person’s health problem, so doctors and other health practitioners often do not expect that obese children might face the same painful experience. Consequently, arthritis symptoms frequently are not treated promptly because they are most likely not accurately diagnosed until the pain becomes severe. Continue reading “Joint Problems in Overweight Children and Teenagers”