Fuse It to Lose It
Obesity is a long-term (chronic) disease and it’s affecting increasing numbers of children, teens, and adults. Obesity rates among children have tripled for teens in the past three decades. Currently, about 17% of US children are suffering with obesity. Obesity is affecting all aspects of children including their psychological as well as cardiovascular health. Obesity is associated with several conditions such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, sleep apnea, poor self-esteem, and even serious forms of depression. Most likely obesity children that continue to adulthood were much more likely to suffer from cardiovascular, digestive diseases and many more. Although teenage obesity is a big problem there are many ways to fight it off with few steps:
- Instead of focusing on a child's weight alone, work to change family eating habits and activity levels over time.
- Talk to parents to be a role model. Parents who eat healthy foods and do physical activity set an example. A child is more likely to do the same.
- Encourage physical activity. A child must have at least 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise. Exercise plays a major role in weight loss programs.
- Reduce screen time. Limit time in front of the TV and computer to less than 1 to 2 hours a day.
- Make sure your pantry and the fridge are stocked with healthy foods and drinks that are not high in sugar and fat. (These include fat-free or low-fat milk, fresh fruit, and vegetables.)
- Provide them with healthy recipes/cookbooks. I have made some healthy fusion recipes to grab and go in the exhibit.