According to the CDC,
obesity afflicts over one-third of the U.S. population.
Albert Bandura demonstrated that children learn by modeling their parents’ behavior in addition to learning by classical conditioning (e.g. positive reinforcement or punishment) (Bandura, A. (1977) Social Learning Theory). Thus, obese parents may find that their children are also afflicted with obesity.
Our children are the future and are important beyond words. It is critical that we set a good example for them, no matter how difficult. You want to model independence and discipline. You want your children to triumph over evil and to choose a life of honor and courage.
My father used to say to me,
The possible we do now: the impossible just takes a little longer.
Children do not go out and play as much as in the past. This trend toward inactivity, in addition to to the modeling of their obese parents, may also contribute to childhood obesity.
Obesity in children has adverse consequences to their self-esteem, however, a child’s self-esteem can be strengthened by weight loss.
The commercials for diet programs state that “It’s time to take control.” These diet programs really mean that it’s time they take control of you. Don’t fall for their bogus claims.
Commercials for diet programs also assert that you will “Lose weight fast,” however this is an unhealthy and potentially dangerous expectation when it comes to making a real and lasting change. According to Web MD, losing a significant amount of weight quickly can result in painful gallstones for 12-25% of the individuals doing so.
When a diet program states that “bars and shakes are free, and shipping is as well,” they really are not. The costs are factored in to the total price you pay. Recall that there is no free lunch.
A Mayo Clinic preventive specialist has revealed that rapid weight loss may primarily consist of water and/or muscle loss. When the individual regains the weight (a common occurrence), the weight primarily consists of fat.
The National Cancer Institute reports that individuals who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk for numerous diseases. These diseases include: diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and many cancers.
Severe obesity is correlated with an increased death rate. Most of the deaths are caused by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Obesity is a condition in which a person is carrying an unhealthy amount of body fat and/or the distribution of body fat is not healthy. Higher amounts of body fat are concomitant with increased risk of numerous cancers. Below you’ll find a list of cancers consistent with obesity.
- Endometrial Cancer: (cancer of the lining of the uterus)
- Esophageal adenocarcinoma: (a type of esophageal cancer)
- Gastric cardia cancer: cancer in the upper part of stomach, i.e. the part closest to the esophagus.
- Liver cancer: The correlation between liver cancer and obesity is significantly higher in men than in women.
- Kidney cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Meningioma: (slow growing tumor of the brain)
- Pancreatic cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Gallbladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Thyroid cancer
Thus, obesity should not be glamorized. Obesity has nothing to do with appearance and has everything to do with disease and death.
Studies have provided strong evidence that individuals who gain the least amount of weight during adulthood have a remarkably lower risk of developing colon cancer, kidney cancer, and for postmenopausal women, breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancers.