Sunday, May 29, 2011

Say No To Obesity !!!

.....Poor Diet ? Lack Of Exercise ????

Causes :
  • poor eating habits
  • overeating or binging
  • lack of exercise
  • family history of obesity
  • medical illnesses (endocrine, neurological problems)
  • medications (steroids, some psychiatric medications)
  • stressful life events or changes (separations, divorce, moves, deaths, abuse)
  • family and peer problems
  • low self-esteem
  • depression or other emotional problems

Risks & Complications :
Physical consequences ~
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Breathing problems
  • Trouble sleeping

Emotional problems ~
  • Much lower  self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Ways To Manage :
  • start a weight-management program
  • change eating habits (eat slowly, develop a routine)
  • plan meals and make better food selections (eat less fatty foods, avoid junk and fast foods)
  • control portions and consume less calories
  • increase physical activity (especially walking) and have a more active lifestyle
  • know what your child eats at school
  • eat meals as a family instead of while watching television or at the computer
  • do not use food as a reward
  • limit snacking
  • attend a support group


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