Round-up: Obesity

July 29th, 2010, by


Recent reports about the rising rate of obesity are alarming.

More adults are using canes and grab bars at younger ages to cope with obesity. New research shows that the impact of childhood obesity reaches into adulthood and affects a person’s social and economic outcomes.

And even weight-gain during pregnancy is not off-limits.

Citing an obesity “epidemic” among pregnant women, the UK’s national health organization has issued guidelines that encourage continued physical activity and discourage “eating for two.”

So we thought we’d give you a round-up of previous content that offers information for tackling this difficult issue.

Be sure to check it out and let us know what you do (or plan to do) to stay healthy.

Medical and Diet Expert Ian Smith
“People have to want it for themselves. You can’t want for people to be healthy and they automatically become healthy. They themselves have to say, ‘This is … the change, the lifestyle I want.’ If they don’t want it, you can’t make them take it.”
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  • Shelly

    Here are some of the simple things I do: Eat whole foods; have balanced meals; drink sufficient water; get enough rest and exercise.

  • Liutgard

    I’ve been on Michael Pollan’s Seven Word Diet since February: Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants. It has really changed my relationship with what I’m eating, and *why* I’m eating. Between February and June I lost 20 pounds. (I haven’t weighed myself in July.) I’ve dropped two sizes in jeans! And what I’m eating is tasty!

  • Ziad Alem

    I know from myself that awareness about what, how much, when, and also why we eat is very important. Some of us are emotional eaters, others eat when bored, and some eat because they can’t tell they’ve had enough or when to stop. When food become a distraction from the stresses of life or a way to combat boredom that when the pounds start piling up quickly.
    But most importantly, we overeat because we don’t love our body nor do we know how or care to nurture it. And when we en we don’t love and nurture ourselves and bodies when it comes to eating and hour health then it’s never surprising that we don’t love or nurture our children either, and so we inadvertently teach them our bad eating habits, which stay with them until they decide that change is needed.
    I’m almost 48, and when I was in my teens and 20s my metabolism was high and the fact that I was an athlete allowed me to eat 2000-3000 calories a day and stay thin. Now, I eat one serious meal a day at dinner and my breakfeast consist of a fruit smoothie with apple juice, soy milk, and frozen fruit, and also have a couple of apples during the day. I limit my daily calorie intake to 1200 calories in order to stay fit and relatively thin in order to protect my heart and arteries. This also allows me to avoid sleep apnea, back problems, and knee and foot issues, and my energy level is high. I know that in order for me to “feast” I have to make sure that I create a caloric imbalance though cardio activities (running, elliptical) in order not to gain weight.
    It’s really easy to give in to the temptations of eating on the road when you’re a busy mom or dad who work have to take the kids to practices, games, events and the fast food stops become very convenient. I think there’s a balance that can be struck here. I think new habits can be established. I takes work and going the extra mile. It’s not impossible. Everything is possible and can be done with little effort and creativity.
    Ziad Alem.

  • Joe Herzog

    The schools are totally unprepared to handle the number of kids with diabetes that are soon to be in their care.
    We need to tackle the overweight/obesity problem at the earliest ages in proactive, not reactive fashion. The First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative is a great start, but fails to adequately address school physical education programs in the country. How about tying improvements in PE (credentialed teachers, some quality program such as Action Based Learning, Fit4Learning, SPARK, CATCH, ETC) to RTT. Healthy, active kids do in fact, MAKE BETTER LEARNERS.

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