Self esteem and weight loss constitute one of the main concerns of parents, teenagers and the general adult population. Often, the link if inextricable and many people go to great lengths to improve their outward, physical image.
The growing problem with obesity
The problem with obesity emerged even before the first World War, and has continually increased exponentially in many Western countries. People suffering from clinical obesity are getting younger and younger, and mortality rates are of course inversely affected. Sufferers of clinical obesity often suffer from a myriad of associate illnesses, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
Self esteem and weight loss is not just about appearance. Society’s prejudgments may be harsh at best, but at the same time, it’s a good way of encouraging especially the young ones to keep their weight under control.
In the United States, the increased dependence of people on fast food has contributed significantly to teenage obesity. Children who have literally been brought up on take out food are more likely to overeat in their later years than children who were brought up on home-cooked, organic meals.
The fast food chains might be quick to dismiss such an accusation, but it is a proven fact that fast food contains twice or thrice as much fat and sugars than regular, cooked meals. Take out counters abound key cities in the United States, and with the kind of rush-hour lifestyle that many people practice, it’s no surprise that self esteem and weight loss continues to be significant.
Avoidance is key
We know that it’s hard not to depend on take out food, especially during lunch time and snack times. But there has to be a concerted effort to reduce such consumption because only then will the obesity rate go down. Also, the rise of uncontrolled consumption of chocolate, soda products and other junk foods have also contributed to the decade high statistics. There’s just no other way to do it; control has to be imposed on eating and inactivity.
Self esteem and weight loss will forever be intertwined issues- because society places a premium on those who look slim and fit. Society might not be fair many times in a person’s lifetime, but it’s best to take society’s advice with a grain of salt. If one is overweight, and there’s opportunity to remedy the condition, then it wouldn’t hurt to try.
There are many ways to start solving the problem. For teenagers, it seems that sports have a magnetic pull. But the question remains- what kind of sports, and how do you convince the Playstation generation to start moving?
An easy way to encourage children to begin sports is by showing complete support. Find a team, a good coach and help your child find a good set of sports buddies. Give your child a reason to want to continue playing a sport. Of course, it would be better if the child excels in the sport that he or she has chosen. Herein lies the role of the first and most important mediator- the parent.