Obesity is becoming the "state of the nation". Statistics indicate that two-thirds of adults are either overweight or obese...as are one-third to one-half of our children. This is a dangerous situation because of the documented associated of excess weight with other serious diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Children who are overweight are at particular risk because they are even more likely to develop obesity-related diseases because by the time they reach adulthood they will already have been overweight for a substantial portion of their lives.
We are "simply" eating too much and exercising too little. Most of us know that the extra pounds aren't good for us...or our kids. We just don't know what to do about it and the problem seems so huge as to be overwhelming...it's easier just to ignore the situation and deal with it later.
We think weight loss is impossible...but it's not. We're making much ado about nothing. Now wait...before you throw something at me, let me explain. The idea of losing weight is typically thought of as starvation, deprivation, tasteless and colorless foods, pills, programs, weigh-ins, sweat bands, pre-packaged foods, calorie counters, and on and on. No wonder we get discouraged.
In fact, "dieting" need not take on a life of its own. Considering the simple fact that extra calories are the cause of the problem, isn't it obvious that we simply need to eat less? If we're not using up enough of our caloric intake, isn't it clear that we need to use more energy? We have allowed the whole prospect to become so daunting that we, like Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, declare that we will think about it 'tomorrow'. Unfortunately, 'tomorrow' never comes. Therefore, start today!
There is no reason not to start right away to lose the weight you want to lose, and, keep it off!
Also our children are desperately in need of guidance about how to eat properly. We, the adults in their lives, are in charge of making that happen. There are basic principles regarding healthful weight management for all of us, such as:
• Eating a balanced diet every day
• No skipped meals
• Mid meal healthful snacks
• Minimizing junk food and sugary beverages
• A modest exercise program.
Often we overdo both ends of this spectrum. We decide to lose weight...right now...so we embark on a diet and exercise program designed only for birds and Vikings. In other words, we resolve to eat like a bird and train for a marathon. A setup for failure!
In order to lose weight, we need to reduce the intake of all foods and incorporate exercise into our daily lives.
Diet without drugs or any pills, and protect your health. If you're serious, I'll help you.
By Sue Bristol, R.N.
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