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Managing Childhood Obesity

Obesity – it is a reality faced by more than a third of the US population. Many children are also affected by obesity, and they have a 70% chance of growing up as overweight or obese adults. Obese children have elevated health risks, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, liver disease, asthma, cancer, and osteoarthritis.

childhood obesityAside from these, childhood obesity also has psychological and social effects. Many of those with difficulty in managing their weights are often bullied by schoolmates. This may result in low self esteem, social withdrawal and depression. These manifestations, in turn, lead to more negative results, such as poor school performance, behavior problems and even potential drug abuse.

Another danger that overweight or obese teens may face is the lure of weight loss pills. While these pills may be helpful in managing weight, it is important to remember that these should be taken upon the professional advice of a doctor and its intake must be regulated and monitored.

This goes to show how important it is to properly manage our children’s meals while they are young. They need to appreciate healthy foods and enjoy physical activities. Keep them interested in active sports, and not just in watching TV or playing video games. It is also extremely important to develop our kids’ confidence while young. They need to believe in themselves and trust in their skills and capabilities. This will help them achieve better health results for themselves as well as manage peer pressures.

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Teens and Diet Pill Abuse

Diet pills come in different packages. These pills were formulated to help those suffering from obesity to lose some pounds and ultimately achieve a healthier weight. Obese people have increased risks of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, arthritis, certain types of cancer, premature death and other related diseases.

However, some teens who are overly conscious of their looks tend to use and abuse diet pills with the goal of losing more weight even if they do not fall under the category ‘obese’. Some just want to look thinner or shed a few more pounds here and there.

diet pillsMost teens who fall into the trap of diet pill abuse are usually those with low confidence levels. They falsely believe that they are unattractive and unlikeable if they don’t fit in the clothes others are wearing. Parents need to always encourage their children to believe in themselves, to trust their capabilities and bring out their natural talents. Increased confidence will help teens accept who they are. Parents need to constantly remind teens that everyone is created differently, and that we can never be like others in the same way that they can never be like us.

There are several kinds of diet pills. Appetite suppressants control hunger and urge to eat. This may lead to ulcer, chest pain and migraines. Fat and carb blockers promise to eliminate fats in one’s system. Common side effects are diarrhea, oily discharge and allergic reactions. Other common kinds are metabolism boosters and cortisol managers, which disturb natural body processes. Also, these pills add unnecessary stress to the kidney and the liver.

In truth, the only healthy way to lose weight and look great is to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. There are – and should be — no shortcuts.

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