Here’s why. You won’t be sedentary, you won’t be snacking, and if you substitute in walking for watching, you will be laughing – or at least waddling less – to the bank. And you’ll be changing ingrained habits that helped get you huge in the first place. Besides, we all know, even with 100 channels to choose from “there’s nothing ever good on TV.”
For us teenagers – to get the biggest bang for our buck in a fat-loss-fitness regimen combine resistance training with cardio.
And for us of any age, stripe, or hue, make sure your parents aren't poor. According to Tetyana Pudrovska, associate professor of sociology, poverty usually equates with obesity. She avers that those who are obese are more likely to remain at the low end of the financial ladder and such a rung destines most for a fat life. Her words: “You’re already disadvantaged when you’re born to poor parents. You have no control over your obesity,”
That’s hogwash. Everybody, save for those genetically disposed to obesity, can exert some control over their intake and output. To agree with her is to excuse all those born to poor parents. Should we sympathize as they throw their ham-hands in the air and give up? That’s crazy.
And for those kids under two who can talk without a tantrum, admittedly a small group to be sure, tell your folks to back off on the antibiotics and leave those 100 trillion microbes – body bacteria – be. Charles Bailey of the Children’s Hospital in Philly co-authored a new study that shows a link between a greater chance of obesity – to the tune of 11% to 16% depending - later on, if a lot of antibiotics were taken before the toddler reached two.
And here’s something that should scare the diapers off us all. The study said roughly 10% of two-year olds were obese, with 23% overweight.
As soon as you kids get healthy teeth, and get the go-ahead from the folks, start eating those sour tasting light-green colored Granny Smith apples. Everybody should eat them. Even when digested, their “high content of non-digestible compounds” remain in place by the time they reach the colon, which allows them to aid in creating friendly bacteria in the belly. And stock up and chow down on old-fashioned oatmeal. It also helps keep obesity at bay.
Also walk 10,000 steps daily. That first mile is about 2,000 steps.
And parents, for those kids of yours that are overweight, here are some tips to get them on the straight and narrow - slimmer anyway. Tell them that they are not alone in that you too will also change exercise and eating habits to set a good example. Then, walk the talk and literally lead them on a healthier path. Also, avoid comparing them to slimmer siblings.
And besides discouraging your offspring from drinking coffee or tea at too early an age, you might want to cut back on artificial sweeteners in yours. Dr. Gabe Mirkin writes of a study (September 2014) that shows saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame intake, in mice and humans, not only increased blood sugar levels but also changed the bacteria in intestines, allowing for more calories to be absorbed by the body from carbohydrate consumption. And higher blood sugar levels are also associated with weight gain. It may seem boring, but sticking to drinking water is good for you.
No child can determine where they live, and for folks struggling to make ends meet, it’s not easy to pick up and move to healthier locales and this may explain why, of all the states in the union, largely rural Mississippi has the highest obesity rates (35% - adults; 40% - kids) of all. While you might think that rural families would be healthier, what with fresh air, and chores, many buy processed foods from grocery stores a half-hour’s drive away because they “keep” longer than fresh foods.
Many kids wouldn't drive, let alone walk, a half block to school if they could avoid it, but for those that go when the mood hits, fit them with standing desks to help burn calories and help bring on weight loss. 500 Texas school-kids confirmed this, by wearing a device that tracked their energy expenditure for five consecutive school days. The students, using the Stand-Biased desks, burned 15% more calories than did those students using sit-down desks.
Here’s another tip to reduce chances of obesity later on. If your family can have even just one to two meals together, weekly, while you’re an adolescent, the chance of you being overweight ten years later is reduced, because the meals tend to be healthier and the socialization skills, in protective family situations, help curb emotional overeating. So say researchers from Columbia University and the University of Minnesota.
Finally, don’t, however, confuse obesity with poor health. The two don’t always go together. Strange as it may seem, some obese people don’t exhibit the usual, expected, harmful metabolic diseases associated with obesity. Think of Sumo wrestlers.
Basically, to lose fat, or never put it on in the first place, start getting active. And never stop. All of us. Especially you, Sumo wrestlers. Lots of of you who retire from the sport - die within a year!
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