Wednesday, July 13, 2011
OBESITY : A Major Crisis
Obesity has been the biggest (no pun intended) word on the street these days. Good thing, because this is a serious topic. I was reading this one article that said in England, the British government wants to mandate exercise for children under five (even those who cant yet walk).
It seems a little crazy to me at first, I mean, that's what we usually do as kids, we go outside to play and run around. But I like the fact that the British government want to enforce patterns that can help stop obesity it as soon as possible and that they're concerned about their country and the people in it. My view, though, is that it takes the parents to want to listen and change their patterns also. I know for a fact that some parents will just keep doing what they been doing, which is allowing their children to sit and watch t.v. or play video games and eat junk food all day.
How can babies who cant even walk be expected to exercise? Swimming classes with their mommy and daddy! And this is something fun to do with your child, to exercise and to bond at the same time. I think the United States need to start enforcing this rule also, BEFORE the children turn five, not after.
I found another article talking about how the U.S. government is thinking adding obesity to the list of why children would be removed from their home and placed in foster care. In my opinion this is beyond wrong and messed up. So, the question is, should parents lose custody of super obese child? Why would anybody do that, that would hurt the parent and and their child. Now the American Medical Association say that it should be temporary and it's already happened three times in the U.S. The purpose of this isn't to blame parents, but to actually help the child, because the parent can't provide the healthy meals and lifestyle that the child needs.
Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at the Harvard-affiliated Children's Hospital, Boston stated "Out of medical concern, the state placed this girl in foster care, where she simply received three balanced meals a day and a snack or two and moderate physical activity," Ludwig said. After a year, she lost 130 pounds. Today, she remains in foster care and though she is still obese, her diabetes and apnea have disappeared". Even thought she still obese she ended many of her health issues that would've killed her. So after reading this viewpoint, to me, this law is a good thing to because it helps keep a child alive and healthy.
My view overall, though, is that it takes the parents to want to listen and change their patterns also. I know for a fact that some parents will just keep doing what they been doing, which is allowing their children to sit and watch t.v. or play video games and eat junk food all day.