Obesity

A Clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell

“…Perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of the staggering statistics on obesity amongst Americans. Perhaps you’ve simply noticed that, compared to a few years ago, more people at the grocery store are overweight.
Perhaps you’ve been in classrooms, on playgrounds or at daycare centers and noticed how many children are already crippled with a weight problem and cannot run twenty feet without getting winded.
Our struggle with weight is hard to miss. Open a newspaper or a magazine, or turn on the radio or TV-you know that America has a weight problem. In fact, 2 out of 3 adult Americans are overweight, and one-third of the adult population are obese. Not only are these numbers high, but the rate at which they have been rising is ominous.
Perhaps the most depressing element of our super size mess is the growing number of overweight and obese children. Overweight children face a wide range of psychological and social problems. Overweight children find it more difficult to make friends and are often thought of as lazy and sloppy. They are more likely to have behavioral and learning difficulties, and the low self esteem likely to be formed during adolescence can last forever.
Young people who are overweight also are highly likely to face a host of medical problems. They often have elevated cholesterol levels, which can be a predictor for any number of deadly diseases. They are more likely to have problems with glucose intolerance, and, consequently, diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, formerly only seen in adults, is skyrocketing among adolescents. Elevated blood pressure is nine times more likely to occur among obese kids. Sleep apnea, which can cause neuro-cognitive problems, is found in 1 in 10 obese children. A wide variety of bone problems is more common in obese kids. Most importantly, an obese young person is much more likely to be an obese adult, greatly increasing the likelihood of lifelong health problems….”

To Be Continued

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18 responses to “Obesity

  1. petit4chocolatier

    Heather, great post. Thank you for bringing this subject matter to us. This is true and sad. You hate to see young children with so many health problems due to something that can be prevented.

  2. What an informative post. I am always showing my son how he can eat good food and not fast food. There are so many children that are being poisoned in the country by their own parents. It is sad.
    ~~~~Felicia

  3. Great work, Heather!
    As a father of a 14-year-old girl, this post spoke volumes to me. Thank you.

    • I’m so glad, and thank you. It’s not a very warm fuzzy topic, and most of us are just so unaware what we’re actually putting in our bodies. And not for a lack of paying attention but due to a lot of misinformation. It’s really amazing.

  4. Really good post, everything about it is really true.

  5. Such an important topic!!

  6. This is true but in the same token children cannot be held responsible for their weight gain as it is the parents that need re-educating, unfortunately it is just too easy to give children ready meals opposed to cooking a healthy alternative from scratch. peeling potatoes and carrots, adding greens and a good nutritional source is not rocket science, yes it may take a lot longer to prepare but it is a much healthier option and reduces the risks of all these problems that you have mentioned as the children grow.

    Thank you for your wondrously educational posting as it helps to combat the ridiculousness of the ready meal craze that so many people are craving for these days. if only they knew what additives were included then perhaps they would think again, or maybe not? 😦

    Enjoy your evening 🙂

  7. What an excellent reda. I loved reading it very much! 🙂

  8. Pingback: Consequences for the Adult – Obesity Continued | Plant Based Diet Adventures

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