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You see it at the mall. You see it in the restaurants. You see it at the schools. It's obese men, women and children. You wonder to yourself, how did they let themselves get that fat. Or you say, I feel so bad for that kid, they're going to have a tough life being fat. How did we as people, really let obesity get so bad before we actually tried doing something about it? First let's look at some staggering statistics.

In America alone, it is estimated that nearly 65% of our population is overweight with about 30% labeled clinically obese. But its also our precious children whom are overweight. Estimations put 15-20% of our children are obese and the numbers continue to rise every year. Nearly 180 billion dollars are being spent on obese related illnesses every year. And it takes an average of 300,000 lives each year. So what can be done. First we need to address the likely causes researchers have found that enabled us to become obese.

1. Overeating-supersized portions, buffets-couch eating 2. Lack of exercise-just being lazy-computers-tvs-video games 3. Genetics-parents overweight-grandparents overweight 4. Psychological-depression-other mental disorders 5. Metabolism-too slow 6. Medical conditions-diabetes

If you look at this list and ask yourself, "Does even one of these apply to me or my children?" Be honest with yourself. Are you being true to yourself and or your kids?" Obesity really does start in the home. From birth, everything your parents do or don't do may determine whether or not you are going to be obese. In today's society, people have excepted people being overweight. Our children are the ones actually suffering by being obese. They are being bullied and ridiculed by their peers, which may lead to depression and other behavorial problems. Most are too young to understand why they are obese. So what is the solution?

It starts with the parents. If we can get the parents to realize that obesity can be controlled with diet and exercise, that would be a step in the right direction. The parents must be the role models. The parents must admit that they and or their children are obese. That's the first step. Children learn good and bad habits from their parents. The second step is that they must seek out education and help. If they dont have medical insurance, they can visit their local health department for advice and counseling. The third step would be to see your doctor. If you are more than 50 pounds overweight, your doctor will recommend a diet plan and workout schedule with you. This is the same for your children.

Once you as a parent have accepted that being overweight is not acceptable, pick a day on the calender to start making changes to fix the problem. Call a family meeting to discuss what the problem is how to solve it. Listen to your kids. Right down a plan of action. Start out small. Set goals for each week. Go to the grocery store together and pick out fruits and vegetables together. Encourage your children to try new foods, no junk food, no snacks. Turn off the tv, computer and video game and go take a thirty minute walk together as a family. Talk with each other as you walk. Listen to what your kids are actually saying and how they say it. Encourage each other by saying things like, Losing weight and getting in shape will help our overall health and we can start feeling better about ourselves. And it will help us live longer too.

Obesity really does start at home. It can be cured. It's going to take everyone's help from parents, even grandparents and schools. Sure we can talk until we are blue in the face, but actions speak louder than words. So come on America, Get Off That Couch and let's cure Obesity.


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