We can end and reverse childhood obesity and save billions of dollars in long term health care costs. In most cases, childhood obesity is preventable and reversible. To do this, is will require that each of us take a stand and vote with our wallets. If we stop buying junk foods and stop taking our kids and grand kids to fast food restaurants, food manufacturers and marketers will take notice. We must put the heat on our school boards and elected officials to provide healthy plant based meals in our schools. I am a strong advocate for healthcare reform, especially when it comes to our children. Healthcare reform begins with each of us reforming our own health care and teaching our children responsible care for their own health and wellness.
Kids are naturals at self hypnosis for weight loss but putting an end to childhood obesity has to be a family affair that starts with Mom and Dad. One of my great joys as a Seattle Hypnosis Weight Loss Specialist is to have families in my office or online and supporting them with healthy lifestyle changes.
Childhood Obesity Facts
- Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
- The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.
- In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
- Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.
- Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.
Health Effects of Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.
Immediate health effects:
- Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
- Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.
- Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
Long-term health effects:
- Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults11-14 and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.6 One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.
- Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
- Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
- The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies, the media, and the food and beverage industries and entertainment industries.
- Schools play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.
Read Childhood Obesity Facts
Dr. John McDougall says, “The pain and suffering inflicted on children by the American diet is so brutal that if it were administered with a stick, parents would be put in jail.” It doesn’t have to be this way. Are the lifestyle choices that Americans make really worth making our children fat and sick? Is the convenience of eating at fast food chains really worth bankrupting our nation? We simply cannot afford to continue the Standard American Diet. (SAD).
Self hypnosis for weight loss is easy for children and their families to learn and to use. Weight loss for children has to be a family affair. It never works to buy grapes for the kids while Mom and Dad are gorging on chips. That’s why when I work with children and young teens for weight loss, I insist that the whole family be involved, attend sessions and use the weight loss hypnosis tools that I teach. It really can become easy, quick and affordable for you to choose meals that supports your family’s health. Hypnosis for weight loss can work for you and your family too. Call now for your free weight loss hypnosis consultation.
Check out Seattle hypnosis weight loss Specialist Roger Moore.
Call (206) 903-1232 or email for your free consultation.
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