Obesity is becoming a global problem mainly due to increased consumption of processed junk foods and sedentary lifestyle. Most teens and adolescents are also becoming a victim of metabolic issues that occur as a result of weight gain.
Physical health risks of obesity:
- Poorly managed obesity in teens or adolescents is a leading risk factor for obesity in adulthood, which suggests that all the physical and psychological issues the teen is facing in adolescence are likely to get worse with advancing age.
- Obesity alone is a recognized risk factor for certain cancers, especially malignancy of thyroid, ovaries, prostate, cervix, gall bladder, pancreas, kidney, esophagus, uterus, colon, breast and lymph nodes are more frequently reported in obese individuals.
- Obese adolescents who become obese adults report joint and muscle issues, and injuries more frequently than thin individuals. For example, joint issues like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and injuries (fractures, muscle sprain, ligament tears) are more common in obese teens due to wear and tear damage and pressure related tissue destruction.
- Obese individuals report metabolic issues like diabetes, hypertension, stroke, cardiovascular issues, atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the artery), and abnormal cholesterol levels. Continue reading
Believe it or not, childhood obesity is an emerging economic and social problem that should be tackled more seriously at an individual as well as community level. The role of parents is extremely important in this regard. Although, it is hard for most parents to keep an eye on the diet and physical activity status of their children (due to economical crisis, busy social and professional lives and other issues) it is our responsibility.
It’s imperative to understand that efforts and measures should be made to prevent obesity by incorporating and promoting healthy behaviors and habits within your family. Yet at the same time, if your child or adolescent develop weight issues, try to explore the cause and reasons in order to address the problem more efficiently.
Here are a few steps that parents can take: Continue reading
Did you know that you could wreck your health simply by not being willing to cut back on or completely eliminate certain foods? In this race, it’s just as important to choose between the good and the bad, in order to reach the finish line smiling!
Highly processed meats- sausages and deli meats, fried bacon and hot dogs – are rich in sodium and nitrate preservatives. With a couple of servings daily leading to a whopping 42% rise in heart disease risk and a 20% chance of developing diabetes – no way!
Soft drinks contain high-fructose corn syrup. This calorie-rich stuff adds up. Moreover, these are ‘empty’ calories – foods that have no nutritional value, they lack micronutrients, which are important to help the body run smoothly.
Sodas also contribute to tooth decay AND they often contain BVO (brominated vegetable oil). Strangely enough, this is also found in flame-retardant plastics, and has been linked to poor brain function and skin disorders. Continue reading
Stress at work has robbed many couples and families of their happiness. When you are doing overtime on the job, and possibly a hobby, spending time with family may be on the back-burner. Or possibly it’s the other way. You give all you have to your family and your employer, but your own needs are left out of the running.
Juggling the needs of your job and other high-priority areas in your life has been a headache for more decades than you could imagine. And it’s even worse now that smart technology tethers you to your work all day long, everywhere!
Why you need work-life balance
This is one of the most critical skills you need to master – not so you can be more efficient, productive, high earning and smart, but just because that’s the only way you’ll continue to be human. Sounds drastic, doesn’t it? But it’s true, because the moment you stop relating with people, and the moment you get out of touch with your own self, you’ve lost touch with reality to some extent.
Happiness is the way most of us choose to live. The right to seek happiness is one of our basic human rights. But what exactly is it?
Happiness includes good feelings based on the presence of joy, satisfaction, the positive feeling that one is doing well, and a sense of meaningfulness to life.
However, it is strange to think that only about 10 percent of this feeling is actually based on the ‘reality of life’. Many people who report that they are very happy are neither well enough, nor rich enough, or engaged in such worthwhile work that they ought to be very happy. But they are! So obviously this state is not just because of one’s life circumstances. Happiness is not the product of riches, success, beauty or popularity. We all know hundreds of people with everything – who are miserable all the same. Continue reading