Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) April 8, 2005
Stop Childhood Obesity, Now! Here's Why...
Preventing children and adolescents from being overweight should be a high priority. In 1998, the World Health Organization has identified childhood obesity as a global epidemic [7,25].
Health disparities among the vulnerable (children, elderly, the poor, etc.) and underserved population is still a major worry and childhood obesity is still, unfortunately a concern. Physicians and nurse practitioners frequently encounter overweight children in their medical practices. However it appears that present interventions used have not been successful since related studies indicated that the percentage of overweight children in the population is rising.
The bottom line: You are not alone. Understanding different possible factors that influence childhood obesity is the first step. I am hoping that our own personal demons do not affect how we feed our children by over-compensating for what we should and should not do (restricting vs. over-indulgence of palatable foods).
"I do believe that healthy children have their own 'on and off' button that determines their own satiety," says RV Siegel, "That we must be able to tune in and be aware of their subtle cues. They may be saying that they are satisfied and full, and yet, we are so occupied with that 'one last ounce' left in the bottle or 'just two more bites' on your childÂs plate that we are negating this innate determination of satiety."
As a young girl, the author was taught that she always had to eat everything on her plate, even if she was not hungry. ÂThere are children starving in Africa!Â her mother would admonish. With a mixture of guilt and fear the child kept eating until eventually she had developed a serious weight problem. That was followed in adolescence by bouts of binging and purging, potentially fatal actions that she took not knowing what else to do.
Thankfully, RV Siegel was able to overcome what she came to call her ÂdemonÂ and go on to live a normal life as an adult. But her own experiences led her to further research and the realization that poor eating habits Â often so severe as to be life-threatening Â have become an epidemic amongst millions of our children.
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