The accelerating rate of obesity among Asians, especially children, is
indeed alarming. If left unchecked, it will soon become the major cause of
preventable death. Once obesity develops in childhood or adolescence, there is
an increased chance that it will persist into adult life, and that is why it is
important for overweight people to lose weight.
phenomenal increase in the levels of obesity among children can be
attributed to unhealthy eating habits. The food we eat is extremely high in
calories and fat, and more often than not, children tend to prefer processed
foods over fresh foods. Moreover, more and more people tend to eat out at
restaurants and fast food outlets nowadays. Fast food contains more calories and
a single meal at a fast food outlet provides a person with the total number of
calories he needs of an entire day. There are numerous vending machines in many
schools selling carbonated drinks, while school canteens offer students
unhealthy food choices.
Today, as a result of technological advancements and conveniences, we tend to
be inactive and lead sedentary lifestyles. Children spend hours in front of
televisions and play computer games. Many children are not active enough to use
up the energy provided by the food they consume. The many conveniences which are
available such as elevators, cars and the Internet reduce the level of physical
activity. The lack of physical activity means fewer calories are being burned,
leading to weight gain and obesity. The lack of physical education classes in
schools for children further compounds the
Obesity has many attendant risks and effects. If you think that the bulging
mass of fat under your arms or in your belly, thighs and other parts of your
anatomy is the only effect of obesity, then you are sadly mistaken. Obesity is
not merely a cosmetic problem that denies you the pleasure of looking smart and
fit. It is a health hazard that puts you at risk of developing various
life-threatening diseases. Many serious medical condition have been linked with
obesity, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and
stroke. Obese people are also likely to feel depressed as they often become
objects of ridicule.
The best way to avoid obesity and its effects is to maintain a healthy weight
through healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Children should avoid eating
fast food and junk food. They should also exercise regularly and be active
throughout the day. At the same time, they should avoid watching too much
television or using the computer for hours at a stretch.
Children must realize that if they take in more calories than they burn, they
will gain weight. On the other hand, if they burn more calories than they
ingest, they will lose weight.