Obesity has become a major epidemic in the United States. Almost two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and more than half of them get too little physical activity. If this trend continues it is predicted 167 million people will be obese (not over-weight) by 2030, this means half of the entire US population!!! In fact, if a child has one parent who is obese, that child has a 50 percent chance of also being obese; the risk increases to 80 percent if both parents are obese. U.S. nutritional experts are campaigning that ‘We the People’ tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. An initiative lead by First Lady Michelle Obama, we at GFR through Weight Loss Challenge provide awareness and educate parents, children, and communities about eating healthy as well as be more physically active.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created dietary guidelines to provide practical advice on how to give your children a healthy, balanced diet. The guidelines suggest that children eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains than in the present, also play 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day. The recommendations are tailored for kids based on age, gender, and exercise habits. You can find out what guidelines are appropriate for your child by logging on to the USDA Web site.
Healthy suggestions | Plan to be Healthier
- Be discipline. Plan your meals in advance. Choose a healthier selection of foods with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and natural foods.
- Limit snacking by not stacking (such as Storing candy, cakes, or potato chips, etc.)
- Make it a healthy fun activity; Include your family in creating a grocery list or selecting nutritious foods.
- Serve smaller portions. Make eating meals together a family activity such as Breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- When dinning out as a family share a meal.
- Drink a large glass of water with every meal. Teach children to stay hydrated.
- Supplement your daily nutritional needs with a meal replacement as an alternative to eating a solid meal.
We are the world. We must take action NOW! According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it has been projected that, by 2020, chronic diseases will account for almost three-quarters of all deaths worldwide, and that 71% of deaths due to Ischaemic heart disease (IHD), 75% of deaths due to stroke, and 70% of deaths due to diabetes will occur in developing countries. The number of people in the developing world with diabetes will increase by more than 2.5-fold, from 84 million in 1995 to 228 million in 2025. On a global basis, 60% of the burden of chronic diseases will occur in developing countries.
Another eloquent example is that of obesity, which is becoming a serious problem throughout Asia, Latin America and parts of Africa, despite the widespread presence of malnutrition. In some countries, the commonness of obesity has doubled or tripled over the past decade. Chronic diseases are largely preventable diseases. Although more basic research may be needed solid scientific evidence suggest that diet to health problems, provides a sufficiently strong and credible support to justify taking action now. “We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies” (Shirley Abbott). The foods people eat, in all their cultural variety, define to a large extent people’s health, growth and development. We can end this obesity epidemic by working together, one person, one community, and one country at a time. We are the World.