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The obesity problem America
faces today is nothing short of tragic, but an obese child may need
individual child therapy today!
By Lisa Dunning, MA, MFT
percent of all American adults are overweight and sixteen percent of
American children are overweight. Not to minimize the horrible mental
and emotional anguish of adults suffering from obesity, but children
suffering from obesity and body and mass issues have some distinct
disadvantages over adults suffering from obesity. Most adults refrain
from making inappropriate remarks to obese adults or children.
Children will generally refrain from making inappropriate remarks to
obese adults out of respect or fear of repercussions. Remarks to obese
adults at work are typically not tolerated and if it is tolerated,
obese American adults have legal remedies at their disposal to help
deter obesity remarks. Children of obesity do not typically have these
luxuries. School administrators or teachers can deter remarks made in
the classroom if they are aware of them, but seldom stop remarks about
another child's obesity problem made by children outside the
classroom. Not to mention the less developed, pardon the pun,
"thick skin" of obese children than obese adults. The cruel
remarks made by children to other children suffering from obesity are
direct, unfiltered and meant to cut to the bone. As a result, the
damage done to children suffering from obesity is more severe and has
far greater short and long-term psychological damage.
Whatever you believe causes obesity
children should not suffer with this condition.
I am sure you are aware of the conflicting studies, news
reports and experts proclaiming genes, environmental, socio economic and now the
latest lawsuit being filed against fast food restaurants claiming their marketing
campaigns play a role as well. Whatever you believe causes obesity children should
not suffer with this condition. Here are some of the obvious, and some not
so obvious, causes of obesity in our children to help gain an understanding of
what you can do to help your overweight child or prevent your child from
Modern Technology effects on obesity in
computers and television are replacing the outside activities that provide
adequate exercise to those children who are encouraged to engage in outside
activities. Spending more time indoors also allows for greater access to the
unhealthy snacks that help contribute to obesity.
Working mothers effects on obesity in
Because of our increasingly
competitive economy, parents are finding it difficult to
survive on a single income. More women today are choosing to have children
without a husband and the American divorce rate is forcing otherwise
stay-at-home mothers to join the work force. As a result, our children's video games, computer, television
and food intake are unmonitored which typically leads to a greater consumption
of junk food in excessive quantities.
Fast Food Restaurants effects on obesity
With both parents exhausted, few parents have the energy to
prepare a healthy, well-balanced meal. The convenience of a drive thru
restaurant is understandable under these circumstances. Drive thru is cheap
quick and easy, but for a child suffering from obesity, ordering at a drive thru
restaurant typically exacerbates the obesity problem by not providing your
overweight child with the proper nutrition and daily caloric requirements to
help lose or maintain an acceptable body weight.
The physical, psychological and emotional
effects of obesity in health of our children.
The lack of physical exercise, lack of supervision and poor
eating habits are the major causes of obesity in our children. Some of the
effects of obesity in health of our children are high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, shortness of breath, and fatigue. The overall mental and emotional
effect of obesity on our children results in poor self esteem, depression, poor
self-image and social isolation.
I recommend the following two steps to help your overweight
1. Obviously psychological help alone is not the answer. The
children suffering from obesity must lose the weight. I recommend seeking the
services of a personal fitness trainer and nutritionist in your area to help
your child change their eating and fitness habits.
2. I also recommend talking with a child
psychotherapist or counselor
in your area to correct the negative mental and emotional effects of poor self
esteem, depression, poor self-image and social isolation that your child has
undoubtedly suffered and has been greatly effected as a result of their obesity.
The obesity and body and mass concerns of your child need to be addressed together.
Immediately take the appropriate steps to give your child the
life they deserve, free of ridicule and sadness associated with obesity. If you
are an overweight adult with a child suffering from obesity, take the steps for
you and a your child. Make a pact to change the negative effects of obesity in
health, physically, mentally and emotionally improving your life for the better.
The obesity and body and mass concerns of you and your children need to be
addressed together. Your influence and support can correct a problem that can
have a dramatic effect on your child's life today and in the future.
Any of these articles by
Lisa Dunning, Family Therapist may be re-published in hardcopy
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|Lisa Dunning is a
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Specializing in
Parent/Child Relationship issues, the author of "Good
Parents Bad Parenting: How To Parent Together When Your
Parenting Styles Are Worlds Apart" and the host of her own
radio show, "Life Support". She provides marriage, divorce and parenting
sessions to clientele across the United States and Canada and provides expert
parenting advice to newspaper & magazine columnists. To learn
more about Lisa Dunning visit her website at http://www.LisaDunningMFT.com.