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Childhood overweight solutions

Childhood overweight solutions

Childhood overweight solutions must be inbuilt where both parents practice healthy living and being active at the same time

Childhood overweight solutions: Obesity in children

Addressing childhood overweight solutions is not that easy compared to adults for various reasons. We sought to know the facts behind this from the experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD and the following are some of the treatment observations applicable when addressing childhood weight complications.

  • The best way to treat a child who is overweight is to look at changes that can be made to their lifestyle.
  • Preferably changes targeting the involvement of the whole family are best.
  • Other family members who are overweight may also benefit at the same time.
  • Remember that as a parent you act as an important role model for your child and you can help them to stay healthy.
  • The two main lifestyle changes that are advised for your child include, eating more but healthily and doing plenty of physical activity.
  • Small, gradual changes may be best. Your child will then be more likely to stick to these changes with time.

Professionally doctor Akoury advice that parents must always be involved in helping their children make these changes. Nonetheless, some older teenagers may prefer to take responsibility on their own. Think about how your child’s progress is going to be monitored. Discuss this with their healthcare professional. At every opportunity, give applause and reassure your child in what they are doing.

Childhood overweight solutions: Healthy eating

Overweight children should be encouraged to eat healthily and reduce the total number of calories they eat. Parents should take the responsibility for making changes to their children’s diet, more so when such children are under the age of 12. It is equally important to involve the child as much as possible and to listen to their ideas and preferences when deciding on what changes to make on their diet or menu.

Childhood overweight solutions: Physical activities

Experts recommend that children should do a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. The amount of time the children spend doing sedentary activities like watching television, using computers or playing video games should be discouraged and reduced to less than two hours each day. Parents should encourage their children to become more physically active by:

  • Encourage active play for your child, including games that involve moving around, such as skipping, dancing, running or ball games.
  • Encourage your child to spend less time sitting doing sedentary activities.
  • Build physical activity into your child’s life in general. Try to be more active as a family. For example, walking or cycling to school and the shops, going swimming or to the park together.
  • As a parent remember to be a good role model for your children.
  • Help children to take part regularly in structured physical activities that they enjoy like dancing, football or other sports or swimming.
Psychological support

Being overweight or obese as a child may lead to psychological problems for some children. Parents should discuss with their children about their feelings to understand their challenges and help overcome them. Alongside that, involving your child’s healthcare professional who is experts in counseling is important. These specialists will help the children increase confidence and self-esteem and develop coping strategies for teasing or bullying where possible.

Childhood overweight solutions: Obesity in children




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Scaling obesity for a healthy economy

Scaling obesity

Scaling obesity for a healthy economy is possible with proper planning

Scaling obesity for a healthy economy: Corporate challenges of being obese

A lot is being done to boost productivity in all sectors of life with many challenges. Weight-related complications are a strong problem in realizing this. Despite the good intentions from experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury. Many U.S. corporations are facing an uphill task in their efforts scaling obesity in their employees. Somebody once said that “you can lead a cow to water, but you can’t force it to drink”. This is the main obstacle to the success of corporate weight-management programs. Much as the various institutions are making effort to help, obese people must first shed off denial. Their decision to lose weight must be genuine. Some corporations have even made certain financial incentives as a means of encouraging their employees to lose. But without the willingness of the employees, little can be achieved.

Scaling obesity for a healthy economy: Discrimination threat

Handling the problem of obesity is also very challenging in that companies may not be too aggressive about scaling obesity down in their employees. This is particularly made difficult because of discrimination. The issue of obesity has the potential for employee discrimination in the workplace. Like in other sectors, the rights of obese individuals must be respected. In this case, the corporations should make it easier for obese employees to willingly lose weight. Stressing education about the various health complications associated with being obese. Encouraging food labeling in corporate cafeterias and the participation of top managers in weight loss programs must be prioritized. This will go a long way in helping obese people contributes to the state of the economy by embracing a healthy lifestyle.

It is sad that today corporations are shying away from asking their obese employees to carry some of the burdens of their health coverage, even though they incur much higher costs than non-obese employees. In fact, many companies are being careful with their obese employees in the sense that, unlike smokers, they are not required to cover their health care costs because the company doesn’t want to be seen as discriminating against obese employees, or to create the impression that it considers obesity a purely behavioral issue. Not only is healthy weight hard to achieve, but showing the cost-effectiveness of weight-loss programs in the workplace also proven elusive. However, the effects of weight loss on health care costs are difficult to measure. That’s because obesity leads to so many different diseases like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, mental disease and much more making it hard to separate out the reasons for the reduction in costs once the employee loses weight.

Finally, for obese people contribution to the productivity of economy to be adequately realized, combined effort between the corporations, employees, and weight loss professionals will be necessary. At AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center doctor, Akoury is addressing both corporate and individuals weight loss needs professionally. Remember that people will lose weight when they are ready, not when you want them to. Involving experts like doctor Akoury will impact on your staff positively and they will make a commitment to register for a weight loss program resulting in productivity of obese people to the economy. If you want the best out of your staff or as an individual, schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury today.

Scaling obesity for a healthy economy: Corporate challenges of being obese



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Childhood obesity discovery

Childhood obesity discovery

Childhood obesity discovery if done in good time can help in arriving at quick solutions

Childhood obesity discovery: Causes of being obese and overweight

Obesity and overweight are a serious threat to human life, allowing this to happen in one’s life is not only harmful but also life shortening. We must do all it takes to ensure our safety from these conditions. Doing this is only possible when we demonstrate by good example to our children that we are living a healthy lifestyle. If this is done, we will not have time talking about childhood obesity discovery. Because we will be careful in monitoring their growth and development ensuring that they are healthy and active. As good parents, we must be knowledgeable of the causes, precautions and solutions. If your child is obese or overweight, it means that they are carrying excess body fat and if no action is taken, the extra weight may cause problems in their health.

You may not have any idea how to go about this because for sure it is not easy. We want to be of help to you and your children by inviting you to schedule an appointment with experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury’s care. We have a team of well trained and experienced experts who are waiting to receive you with dignity and help you establish whether your child is overweight or obese by calculating their body mass index (BMI). This is a measurement of your child’s weight in relation to their height as we do this, remember that a child’s BMI is not interpreted in the same way as for adults. Their BMI is charted on special growth charts which show how your child’s BMI compares with the normal range for children in the same age bracket, sex and ethnic background.

Childhood obesity discovery: Health risks for overweight or obese children

Children who are overweight or obese can develop health problems during childhood because of their weight. Health complications may include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Gallstones and
  • Signs of heart disease

The disturbing thing is that these health complications have traditionally been associated with adults, where overweight and obese adults are having an increased risk of developing them. However due to the intensifications in the levels of childhood obesity, these obesity-related health complications are affecting much younger people today. Therefore a child who is overweight or obese will most likely develop the following complications besides the already mention above:

  • Going through puberty early.
  • Being overweight or obese as an adult (more than half of children who are obese will grow up to be obese as adults).
  • Joint problems, including osteoarthritis and separation of the ball of the hip joint from the upper end of the thigh bone (slipped capital femoral epiphysis).
  • Developing iron deficiency and vitamin D deficiency.
  • Breathing problems, including worsening of asthma, obstructive sleep apnea (difficulties with your child’s breathing whilst they are asleep) and feeling out-of-breath easily when they are exercising.

Finally, being overweight or obese at this tender age can also have psychological effects for some. It may lead to low self-esteem and serious lack of confidence. The victim may be subject to bullying because of their weight. They may become withdrawn and avoid social contact. It may lead to low mood and, in severe cases, depression. When these conditions are recognized and treated at their initial stages of development some of these health problems may be reversed, or even prevented.

Childhood obesity discovery: Causes of being obese and overweight


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Childhood obesity roots and detection

Childhood obesity roots

Childhood obesity roots and detection is essential is keeping the good health they all deserve

Childhood obesity roots and detection: Being obese and overweight

The health complication of being overweight in children are no different from adults. It therefore means that childhood obesity roots and detections are equally the same. Therefore, it is important for anyone (including children), to note that their weight is dependent on how much energy they take in (the calories in food and drink) and how much energy the body uses (burns) up:

  • If the amount of calories that you eat equals the amount of energy that your body uses up, then your weight remains stable.
  • If you eat fewer calories than you burn up, you lose weight. Your body has to tap into its fat stores to get the extra energy it needs.
  • If you eat more calories than you burn up, you put on weight. The excess energy is converted into fat and stored in your body.

The reasons why energy taken in may not balance energy used up and may lead to weight gain in children, include the following:

The portions a child eat or drink – Overweight in children is mainly because they eat and drink more than their body needs. Having too sugary foods or drinks or fatty is a common problem.

Lack of physical activities – It is important to note that a child may be eating the right type and quantity of food but, if they are not physically active, they may put on weight. Luck or inadequate exercise also contribute weight gain in children.

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Various studies has established that children born of one or both parents who are obese stand higher risk of becoming obese themselves. This may be due to learning bad eating habits from parents. Nonetheless, some people inherit this in their genes that makes them prone to overeating. It is however not fully understood how this genetic factor works. It has something to do with the control of appetite. When you eat, certain hormones and brain chemicals send messages to parts of your brain to say that you have had enough and to stop eating. In some people, this control of appetite and the feeling of fullness (satiety) may be faulty, or not as good as it is in others.

Lack of enough sleep – Not getting enough sleep has been suggested as another possible risk factor for obesity in children. There seems to be a trend of children going to bed later but, also, too little physical exercise can lead to poor sleep. The two hormones known as leptin and ghrelin may be important here.

  • Leptin is released by fat cells to tell your brain that fat stores are sufficient.
  • Ghrelin is released by your stomach as a signal of hunger.

In someone who does not have enough sleep, leptin levels are low and ghrelin levels are high. These changes in hormone levels may encourage a child to eat more.

Finally, having known the causes of this unhealthy condition, together we can kick obesity out of our families. Our children must not grow into obese adults. Doctor Akoury and her team of experts are there for you and your family to help you bring up healthy children free from obesity. All you need to do is to schedule an appointment with her today.

Childhood obesity roots and detection: Being obese and overweight


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Emotional consequences attached to obesity

Emotional consequences

Emotional consequences attached to obesity can ruin your joy in any relationship and so it must be protected at all cost

Emotional consequences attached to obesity: Gender differences in children and adolescents

Young people are vulnerable to the negative social and emotional consequences of obesity. The magnitude of stigmatization always takes the shape of bullying and victimization which impacts adversely on their relationships, education and occasionally on their physical health. There has been an inconsistency in research findings to gender with some studies establishing that girls experience more weight-based victimization, reporting higher levels of teasing and being assigned more negative characteristics as a result of their weight than boys. Other research, however, has failed to find sex differences in vulnerabilities. It may be that differences are more apparent in the types of stigmatization experienced by boys and girls, rather than the quantity or amount of these experiences. Like for instance weight-based bullying may be more predominant among boys who are affected by excess weight while girls may experience more weight-based victimization in the form of social exclusion from their peers.

Emotional consequences attached to obesity: Weight based stigma

As I had indicated above boys and girls who experience weight-based victimization are at increased risk for negative social and educational outcomes, however, these risks seem to be even more identical with girls who are overweight, displaying lower academic self-esteem and are significantly more likely to be held back a grade than boys. Girls are also more likely to experience negative psychological outcomes, like depression in response to experiences of weight victimization, and may endure more pronounced difficulties in interpersonal relationships with peers and dating partners in adolescence.

Research shows that adolescent and young adult women who are affected by excess weight have low potential for romantic relationships compared to their non-overweight peers. However, for young men, being affected by excess weight may not be detrimental to dating and forming romantic relationships. In fact, it may even be
associated with positive and desirable characteristics like strength and masculinity.

Finally the content of this article is not conclusive and certainly further studies are necessary to unlock and comprehend the nature and extent of gender differences in experiences of weight stigmatization. Even though it may appear for now that some differences may exist and more so ladies may have increased vulnerability in some areas compared to men. These are very useful tips which should be known by the various sector e.g. employers, learning institutions to help them intervene and bring the whole thing of weight stigmatization to manageable levels.

Doing all these may necessitate that you seek well guided professional advice from an experienced expert. These services are available at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Akoury MD, who is also the founder of the same. Doctor Akoury is a veteran weight loss professional whose practices focus on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. This is the kind of professionalism you need in dealing with problems of this magnitude. You can call on telephone number 843 213 1480 now to schedule an appointment for the commencement of your recovery process.

Emotional consequences attached to obesity: Gender differences in children and adolescents