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Fat children: how to save them from the dangers of childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a real problem in America. More than thirty percent of all children have a body mass classification that qualifies them for the biggest loser “Club Obese.” We’re raising a lot of couch potatoes who spend too much time glued to a video game, computer, or television while stuffing their faces with junk and genetically altered food. From a health point of view, we are preparing them like fat lambs for slaughter.

Fat children most likely emulate the habits of their adult caregivers, which is pretty obvious since almost forty percent of all men and women in the United States are also obese. The real problem for children is that the effects are much more rapid and devastating at a younger age.

The physical, mental and emotional consequences of being fat carry serious medical risks in adulthood with diseases including high blood pressure, sleep disorders, asthma, diabetes, back, liver and cholesterol problems. Obese children have best friends who belong to another special club called “emotional problems” with names like low self-esteem, depression and substance abuse. Being an active member of the “Obese Club” or “Emotional Issues” places your child at a great disadvantage compared to healthier children.

Children traveling down the path of obesity will encounter some of life’s worst destroyers on the road to adulthood. A cardiovascular disease gang will be waiting for them full of nasty medical risk thugs with names like stroke, heart disease and heart failure ready to cripple or harm.

You can help lead your family to a healthier lifestyle by changing the way you exercise, eat, and spend quality time. It’s not too late to prevent or reduce the effects of poor diet and exercise on our children, spouse, or significant others. We can start by practicing what we preach and involving the whole family in planning healthy meals and physical activity.

Professionals suggest that any child over the age of two needs moderate to strenuous physical activity every day for 30 to 60 minutes. Family cardiovascular activities such as playing in the garden, walking and cycling should be encouraged. Yoga for the whole family is an exercise that everyone can participate in, regardless of their fitness level or ability.

Yoga is an excellent practice to start family physical activity, as it will stimulate the body to gain more tone, flexibility and circulation. Yoga combined with a better diet will help motivate your child with a better self image and more confidence when practiced with family members.

Make sure you don’t eat right before your family yoga session. Choose a comfortable, quiet spot in the home set up with music, softer lighting, and even a scented candle. Give your family some positive reinforcement as you do the poses with them. Practice proper breathing techniques by inhaling and exhaling through your nose. It’s also important to create a fun environment and not take your child’s or spouse’s performance too seriously.

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