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Won’t Someone Think Of The Children? Obesity Strikes Again
Won’t Someone Think Of The Children? Obesity Strikes Again
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Article Author : mdearden (March 15, 2013)

Eating healthily is more important than ever and it’s not just the media’s idealised view of people which is saying you should lose weight. Are you aware of the health concerns being consistently overweight or obese can cause? Obesity has been linked to diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cardiac arrest, asthma, certain cancers and even eczema. It’s the singular reason behind the boom in type two diabetes and it is currently at epidemic levels world wide.

You know what’s worse than all those threats to your own health? Threats to your children’s. Obesity affects kids too and they’re just as likely to develop health issues as you are but they’re younger and less likely to handle them as well as you do. It’s up to you make changes in their lives to make sure they live as long as they should and you should start at home.

It’s important that children have a decent role models when it comes to eating properly so if you’re going to try and enforce weight loss and healthier life for them then you’re going to have to get involved yourself! Work out what they like and which of those foods are healthy, try and form meals around their healthier favourites and work from there. If you’re having issues with getting them to eat certain things then do what my Mother did to me, chop it up small and put it in a pasta sauce!

Try making small swaps that they won’t notice. Wholegrain pasta in a tomato sauce will look just the same as normal pasta in a sauce and be a lot better for them, oven baked sweet potato chips are much better for kids than oven baked potato chips etc.

The earlier you make these changes the more effective they’ll be. Children are much more adaptable than adults are.

Child Weight

How to Lose Weight and Get Fit as a Teenager...
Technology can boost your fitness in a number of ways. With online groups and apps to help you, you can be on your journey to a better overall wellbeing in a matter of mouse clicks. However, for 12-year experienced Certified Personal Trainer Yarixa Ferrao, NASM, CPR/AED, technology is actually hampering teenage wellness. She notes, ‘With all this technology, kids and teens are losing connection with their bodies and have become more sedentary because of it. And when they start seeing themselves gain weight they may attempt joining the gym or just continue to gain it because they have no idea what to do. Plus, in the gym, unless they have a personal trainer there’s no one there to instruct them and they end up doing what their friends do. In the end, they spend hours on the treadmill, which will amount to not a whole lot of progress.’   Therefore, Ferrao has created a workout routine especially for teenagers. Ferrao explains, ‘I know the importance of building a solid body foundation, especially as a developing teen. This is also a time to build self confidence, be mentally focused, reduce stress (teenage years can be stressful with all the expectations from parents and teachers while finding your own voice) and enjoy these years to the fullest, instead of worrying about appearance and lacking self esteem. I worked with three teens for a show on MTV called I Used to Be Fat in which the kids were desperate to lose weight, feel great, and lead a happier life. The result: They lost a lot of weight, got stronger, and gained self confidence! They also were able to experience a completely different life and a different perspective, from very down and negative, to up, open, and positive.’   Ferrao recommends focusing on the core, combining bodyweight movements (styles such as yoga, functional training, Pilates, animalistic movements, Karate), and locomotion (or running, hiking, biking, sprinting and walking). She provides the following workout routine (once you’ve got the OK from your doctor and have done five to 10 minutes warming up, of course):   1. Cardio: Ferrao instructs, ‘Instead of just doing hours on end on the treadmill, do short burst of sprints (run as fast as you can). Warm-up first for five minutes or until you feel the body get a bit sweaty. Then increase the speed to go as fast as you are able to for 20 seconds. Take a 20 second break and then repeat your 20 second sprint. Do this for six minutes and up to 12 minutes, allowing your rest periods to be longer if you need extra time to be able to perform the full 20 second sprint. Preferably do it outside. The treadmill is the next best choice.   2. Work on that core: ‘To increase your metabolism, gain muscular endurance and a stronger core, don’t just go out and run miles and miles and then do a ton of crunches,’ Ferrao urges. ‘This won’t help much unless cross country is your sport.’ Instead, once you finish your warm-up and sprinting, do the following routine:  
  • 12-15 squats with a pair of dumbbells or just body weight if you are a beginner.
  • 15 push-ups or modified push-ups.
  • 20 reverse lunges, 10 with the right leg and 10 with the left one.
  • Plank – hold for 30 seconds.
  • 12-15 jumping pull-ups.
  • 12-15 squat to presses using dumbbells about six to eight pounds for girls and 12 to 15 pounds for boys.
  • Side plank – hold 30 seconds.
  • Five burpees.
  Repeat for  3 or 4 rounds! Take 1.5 minute-rest between each set. Pause at any point if you feel dizzy or faint.
How to Help Your Children Fight Obesity and S...
All kids have a bit of puppy fat, but, as parents, you can tell when your child’s weight becomes a cause for concern for their wellbeing. If your child’s wellness is affected by shortness of breath, inability to concentrate, depression, and/or emotional eating, it may be necessary to talk to your child about their weight and visit the doctor. Bringing up the topic of weight with your overweight child can be difficult, so here are a few guidelines to help shape the conversation.   1. Fix your own health challenges: We could all use a little boost to our diet and exercise regime, unless you’re an Olympian or something, so set an example for your child. Whether seeing you take control of your own wellness inspires your child to make a few of their own, or forces them to ask you why you’re doing it, you can be the change you want to see in your kid. If nothing else, it will start a dialogue and show your child that you know how it feels to change your lifestyle.   2. Encourage athletics: Participating in sports, whether at school or an after-school club, helps kids to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and have fun at the same time. Doing sport also bolsters self-esteem, which is crucial to your child’s weight loss efforts as well as their overall sense of wellbeing. If your child is too heavy to participate in competitions, or is worried about joining a team of much healthier classmates, why not start doing activities as a family until your child’s confidence is stronger.   3. Don’t be blunt about weight loss: When talking about your child’s wellness, say "get healthier," not "lose weight." Children and teenagers don’t need tough words; they’re aware of their sizes. Your focus should be on helping your child reach a healthier BMI, rather than some vague ideal weight goal. The difference is in building muscle and making healthier food choice, not just cutting calories and making the number on the scale go down. Your child shouldn’t be aiming for a certain look; he or she should be after a certain health level and feeling.   4. Keep unhelpful concerns to yourself: We all know that kids can be cruel, and so you may be concerned that your overweight child won’t be socially accepted, especially if you have a daughter. However, despite these valid concerns, they aren’t the best motivators for weight loss and can wreak havoc on your child’s self-esteem. Your child needs to lose weight for herself or himself, not for the acceptance of other people or you.   5. Reward healthy behaviours: Adding a little light at the end of the tunnel can motivate your child to keep going. Offer to reward healthy behaviours, such as eating two portions of vegetables at dinner or exercising regularly. It’s important to emphasise the healthy behaviours themselves, rather than the outcomes – the actual number of pounds lost will take care of itself once your child has those healthy habits in place. The vague goal of "losing weight" is rarely helpful for obese or overweight young people; you need a specific system of mini goals and rewards.   6. Get to the root of the problem: There’s a tremendous amount of pressure on young people – both girls and boys – to look thin, so if your child is severely overweight then there’s likely an emotional cause. There may be pain for your child to get through, a self-worth issue to work out, or a habit of eating to relieve stress. Again, don’t focus on the weight itself but what is causing the excess eating and lack of self-love. Journaling, regular conversations, and healthy social outlets can help your child come to terms with the cause of the problem.


5 Ways Motorcycles Benefit Your Health...
Popular culture generally paints an unfavorable portrait of bikers and motorcycle riding in general. Even as mainstream culture becomes more accepting of motorcycling as a primary means of travel, many people still dismiss bikers as rough hooligans who are looking for trouble or have just gotten out of jail. However, motorcycle riding can be anything but troublesome if you approach it with the right amount of respect and anticipation. In fact, motorcycle riding can be quite beneficial to your health in several important ways.   Motorcycle Riding Provides Mental Stimulation Riding a motorcycle is quite different than driving a car. When you drive a car, you generally do not have to exert too much thought about your actions unless you are in heavy traffic or traveling around curved roads. You may be like many people and simply use the cruise control while you are driving. However, riding a motorcycle requires mental effort to control your ride. You must be ready to weave in and out of traffic as needed and always think ahead to make sure you control your cycle safely.   Motorcycle Riding Provides Exercise Benefits As one Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer states, "motorcycles are both fun and practical, and many people enjoy using motorbikes for commuting or simply for the pleasure of the ride.'' Along with being stimulated mentally, you also can be challenged physically when you ride your cycle. Motorcycles are quite heavy, even though they look small and compact. As you control the handlebars, shift the gears, and manipulate other components of the bike, you may find that your arms, legs, and torso are worked out quite extensively.   Motorcycle Riding Provides Social Interactions Bikers everywhere form a unique brotherhood that welcomes fellow riders often without question or hesitation. Even if a person starts out riding alone, he or she may easily find new friends as that person starts attending cycle shows or meets other bikers out on the road. Bikers typically form fast friendships that last a lifetime and are more supportive than mainstream friendships formed at school or work.   Motorcycle Riding Relieves Stress and Depression Many cyclists report being in vastly better moods once they climb on their cycles and take to the road. When bikers head out on the open road, they are capable of finding relief from their everyday worries and stresses and even experience relief from depression and fatigue. Their moods are elevated because they feel free and at ease on the open road.   Motorcycle Riding Requires that You Take Care of Your Safety If you have always been someone who neglected your personal safety, cycling can help you become more concerned with your physical wellness. When you are out on your bike, you must pay attention to avoid crashes and becoming injured. As you learn to take care of yourself, you can learn to appreciate your own wellness and the need for you to remain safe at all times. Many cyclists experience a boost in confidence and self-awareness after they take up motorcycle riding.   Motorcycling is anything but the deviant hobby that the public may readily dismiss it as. You can improve your mental and physical health in several important ways when you take up riding a motorcycle.   Writer Melanie Fleury loves a ride on a motorcycle on occasion. This does not mean that she is oblivious to the possible dangers. However, as Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, an Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer, state on their website, ''the dangers are more due to careless or dangerous drivers that are near the motorcyclists.'' She makes sure that she keeps a distance between herself and those that can be a potential risk to her.   Photo Credit:
Vanquish: The New Fat Loss Device Everyone’...
We all have that fantasy – apart from that one about Ryan Gosling – to lose weight and have better wellness minus the effort of dieting, exercise or surgery. While this seems like nothing more than a pipe dream, your effort-free, weight loss wellbeing may me just around the corner, thanks to a revolutionary treatment called Vanquish that even usually sceptical doctors are excited about.   According to David McDaniel, a leading researcher and an assistant professor of clinical dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, who has been conducting an independent study on Vanquish, ‘I've seen a lot of fat-removal techniques; some procedures are painful or take too long; some are effective only on small areas of body fat that can be sucked up through a small vacuum. Vanquish addresses all those problems. It can treat a large surface area uniformly. It's fast, efficient, and comfortable…I've been doing this for 30 years, and most advances have been little baby steps. This is a big technological breakthrough.’   The treatment, which will become usable by an elite corps of doctor's offices this month, targets your fat cells through radio frequency waves which heat the cells and kill them off without damaging your muscles or skin. As the applicator is suspended over your abdomen about an inch above your skin, Vanquish is non-invasive, and there’s no downtime or ridiculous price tag. In the US, a 30-minute session goes for $450 (£282) to $800 (£501), and it’s recommended that you have four sessions. During these sessions, you may feel a warming sensation, but there should be no pain. The only risk to watch out for is a hot spot near to a bone, which your technician can readjust and fix without a problem.   The FDA approved Vanquish earlier this year for deep-tissue heating, which can help your muscles to recover and heal. However, the FDA is awaiting further results before giving the device the seal of approval for fat reduction. Still, the current research is impressive; animal studies have shown that Vanquish killed 60% of the fat cells treated with it, and a subsequent Prague study done on people with love handles showed visible results within two weeks, revealing an average loss in waist circumference of 2.23 inches after two months. Robert Weiss, an associate professor of dermatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the lead researcher of the aforementioned animal study, notes, ‘This new technique is a real game changer—it's the safest, easiest way yet to remove fat.’   ‘As the panels heat up, the radio frequency waves they transmit differentiate between fat cells (which are denser and hold less water) and skin and muscle cells,’ Weiss explains. ‘The heat causes cell death in the fat cells; some die instantly, some in a matter of weeks…I've seen patients lose several inches after four treatments without changing their diets.’ McDaniel continues, ‘The results are not as dramatic as liposuction, which can remove large volumes of fat,’ adding that Vanquish does not carry the risks of surgery or anaesthesia. However, Adam Kolker, a plastic surgeon and an associate clinical professor of surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital's Icahn School of Medicine in New York, asserts, ‘I've seen a lot of people who've undergone various non-surgical fat-reduction treatments who were underwhelmed with the results.’   Still, Kolker allows, ‘It may be appropriate for small-scale changes as long as the patient's expectations are well managed.’ Nonetheless, Patricia Wexler, a dermatologist to New York's A-list, believes that expectations will be high for the procedure. She points out, ‘It's great for women who are in good shape, within 5 to 10% of their ideal weight, and don't want to go through surgery. A lot of women exercise and don't have a lot of weight to lose, but they've had children or seen changes in their core for other reasons.’

Diet and Nutrition

Not About Weight Loss: The REAL Goal of the L...
  While a lot of people go on a detox to lose weight, that’s not what the lemon detox diet is for. Wellness expert Hope Gillette explains, ‘The lemon detox diet, also known as the Master Cleanse diet, isn’t a new addition to the world of dietary trends. In fact, this method of detoxifying the body has been around for more than 50 years in one variation or another, but was made mainstream once celebrities like Beyonce started talking about its benefits.’ So why have we all jumped on the bandwagon?   ‘The lemon detox diet isn’t an everyday kind of programme,’ Gillette notes. ‘The goal is to take 10 to 14 days to “flush” your body of toxins, limiting your intake to only a special mixture of fresh lemon juice, pure maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water, as well as the intake of laxatives. The premise behind this liquid fast is the acidity of the lemons promotes the liver and the gallbladder to free themselves of toxins, boosting metabolism and circulation naturally, and giving the intestinal tract a rest period. Supporters of this diet claim that by flushing the system with the lemon detox diet, the body is returned to its most balanced state and improvements will be seen in mental clarity, overall sense of health, skin, hair and nail health, and in general function of the body’s organs.’   How do you do the lemon detox diet? According to Gillette, ‘This detoxification programme is relatively simple. For a period of 10-14 days, this recipe should be consumed a minimum of six times daily:   2 (tbs). of lemon or lime 2 (tbs). of genuine maple syrup 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper 10 oz. water (hot or cold as preferred)’   Gillette adds, ‘For those who cannot immediately enjoy their lemonade, mix equal parts of lemon juice and maple syrup as a concentrate in a dark container. Keep this mixture cool. Make enough concentrate for as long as you are incapable of making the fresh lemonade juice. Every time you want a glass of lemonade, measure 4 tbs. of this mixture in a glass. Add water and cayenne pepper, stir and drink. The maple syrup supposedly preserves the lemon juice and prevents oxidation of the vitamin C and enzymes. This lemonade mix should be downed any time hunger pangs strike, and in addition to this liquid diet, a laxative should be taken in the morning and at night. The goal, according to creators, is to have several bowel movements throughout the day to keep toxins moving out of the body.’   But don’t all those bowel movements lead to weight loss? ‘The benefits to the Master Cleanse have to do with starting the body off with a clean slate, but this programme should not be undertaken as a means to lose weight,’ warns Gillette. ‘Instead, it should be considered the start in a long chain of healthy decisions. While the lemon detox diet will cause weight loss because it creates a significant calorie deficit, this is not the original reason the diet was created. Unfortunately, because it has been hailed as a fast weight loss programme, this has given the lemon detox diet a somewhat tarnished name. Individuals using the programme to drop weight fast will likely get their desired results; however, as soon as the body starts taking in calories again the weight tends to come right back. What’s more, the body will lose more water and muscle weight than it will fat. So, the lemon detox diet is not a healthy option for those who simply wish to lose weight.’  
One Step at a Time: How to Build Up Your Diet...
  No matter what you’re trying to achieve in life, taking small steps is the surest way to success. This is no less true when it comes to weight loss, as there are loads of little changes you can make that will add up to a lot of weight loss over the long haul. Below, we’ve asked Karen Hammonds to outline her favourite healthy eating tips that can help you to lose weight and look after your wellbeing. However, before you rush off and take up everything on this list, stop, pick three, and just do those this week. If that works, add another three next week. Soon you’ll have an eating plan that’s absolutely full of healthy strategies.   1. Keep it Small: According to Hammonds, ‘Good things come in small packages. Here's a trick for staying satisfied without consuming large portions: Chop high calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into smaller pieces. It will seem like you're getting more than you actually are.’   2. Dip It Low: ‘Don't give up dips,’ Hammonds cautions. ‘If you love creamy dips and sauces, don't cut them out of your food plan completely. Just use low fat soft cheese and mayo instead of the full fat stuff.’   3. Get Water-Wise:Hammonds instructs, ‘Make a habit of reaching for a glass of water instead of a high fat snack. It will help your overall health as well as your waistline. So drink up! Add some zest to your six to eight glasses a day with a twist of lemon or lime.’   4. Herb It Up: ‘Stock up your spice rack, and start growing a small herb garden in your kitchen window,’ Hammonds advises. ‘Spices and herbs add fantastic flavour to foods without adding fat or calories.’   5. Slim Down Your Soup:Hammonds recommends, ‘Make a big batch of soup and refrigerate it before you eat it. As it cools, the fat will rise to the top and can be skimmed off the surface.’   6. Take it Home: ‘Go American and doggie-bag that dinner,’ Hammonds suggests. ‘At restaurants that you know serve large portions, ask the waiter to put half your main course in a take away box before bringing it to your table. Putting the food away before you start your meal will help you practise portion control.’   7. Cave in to Your Cravings: ‘Listen to your cravings,’ Hammonds enthuses. ‘If you're craving something sweet, eat something sweet – just opt for a healthier nosh, like fruit, instead of a high calorie one. The same goes for crunchy cravings – for example, try air-popped popcorn instead of high fat crisps. It's just smart substitution!’   8. Build Up to Five-a-Day:Hammonds directs, ‘Ease your way into produce. If you're new to eating lots of fruits and vegetables, start slowly. Just add them to the foods you already enjoy. Pile salad veg into your sandwiches, or add fruit to your cereal.’   9. Look for High Fat Hints: ‘Want an easy way to identify high calorie meals?’ asks Hammonds. ‘Keep an eye out for these words: au gratin, parmigiana, tempura, alfredo, creamy and carbonara, and enjoy them in moderation.’   10. Focus on Food:Hammonds advises, ‘Don't multi-task while you eat. If you're working, reading or watching TV while you eat, you won't be paying attention to what's going into your mouth – and you won't be enjoying every bite. Today, every time you have a meal, sit down. Chew slowly and pay attention to flavours and textures. You'll enjoy your food more and eat less.’   11. Taste Something New:Hammonds recommends, ‘Broaden your food repertoire – you may find you like more healthy foods than you knew. Try a new fruit or vegetable (ever had plantain, pak choi, starfruit or papaya?)’