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1, Sep 10, 2009

Weight, Waistline, and Responsible Parenting

Filed under: Health — admin @ 12:51 am

Recently, I read an article from New York Times, called “For the Overweight, Bad Advice by the Spoonful,” by Gina Kolata. It starts with this statement, “Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight.”

The article reminds me of what my son told me after he got back from China. He saw many people with overweight issue even among our relatives, so much as that people considered him to be skinny there. I have also seen some of my relatives who indulge their children with whatever they want to indulge. Imagine the consequence of such irresponsible parenting.

Actually my children are neither over nor under weight, being right in the middle. Still, I would like to send this message to both of them, reminding them of possible health hazards inflicted by those extra pounds, especially around one’s waistline.

Here are some examples of health dangers related to excess body fat
– 80 percent of type 2 diabetes patients are obese
– 70 percent of coronary heart disease and stroke is related to obesity
– 42 percent of breast and colon cancer patients are obese
– Gallstones occur approximately 3 times more often in obese than in non-obese patients.
– 26 percent of obese patients have elevated blood pressure
– The psychological impact of overweight can never be overestimated.
– Extra fat can make one look a decade older than one’s biological age.
– One feels tired easily when one needs to carry the extra pounds around.

Wide waistline is particularly dangerous. An overweight woman with a waist 35 inches or larger, or an overweight man with at least a 40-inch waist, is at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.

One last word specially for parents. “Studies of obese adults show a strong connection between body weight in childhood (or adolescence) and weight in adulthood. In short, obese children are more likely to grow up into obese adults.” It is up to the parents to make sure that their children do not end up being one of the 2/3 population.

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