Obesity is one of the most sensitive, defense-raising topics of conversation today. Weight is a sensitive issue. Maintaining a healthy weight can be challenging, especially in today’s culture of fast food and unhealthy snacks. It is hard to face the idea that you might be obese and the changes that you need to make to alter this. Being overweight can drastically affect your body in more ways than just your appearance. The problems that being overweight imposes on your lower limbs can cause distress and pain that limit your mobility and quality of life.
All the extra pressure on your lower limbs can make spending time on your feet very uncomfortable. You’re more prone to injuries and problems like Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis and Arthritis. More serious issues like Peripheral Artery Disease and Diabetes are also more common among those who are obese. Since walking, and even standing, often becomes painful and unpleasant, someone who is overweight is less likely to exercise so they can avoid the discomfort. This, in turn, makes them more likely to gain additional weight, compounding the pain and becoming a negative cycle of discomfort. Losing weight and increasing your activities are most important factors for relieving the stress on your lower limbs, feet and ankles.
Your feet are responsible for carrying your whole body around. They must absorb the impact of striking the ground, and the strain of your body bearing down on them at the same time. The more weight they support, the harder they must work and the more stress the tissues are under. Being obese, or even overweight, (the additional weight doesn’t have to be substantial to have an impact. One study found that a gain of even 5-10 pounds can trigger foot problems) stresses your lower limbs and wears down your foot structures over time. While problems vary from person to person, foot and ankle pain often occurs in weight bearing areas, as well as in the tendons and ligaments because additional weight changes the way the foot functions. Carrying extra body weight can greatly increase pressure on the bottom of the foot, flatten the foot, shorten your gait and lead to your feet angling out more.
Overweight children are also at risk for foot pain and discomfort because they tend to have flatter feet and increased pressure on the arched portion of the sole. Researchers warn this can stop kids from participating in physical activity, and physical activity is crucial to their health and well-being.
Being overweight is one of the main factors that raise your risk of diabetes. Diabetes can cause numbness in your feet and can reduce the amount of blood flow that reaches your feet. As a result, you may develop small injuries without noticing them, and these injuries may heal very slowly and develop infections. These can grow into serious problems that can even lead to the loss of your feet. In one year, more than 70,000 people with diabetes had to have a foot or lower leg surgically removed.
Check to see if you are Simply Fat, Fairly Overweight or Obese
Calculate your Body mass index (BMI) this is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.
Your (BMI) is a way to help you figure out if you are at a healthy weight for your height. Between 18.5 and 25 = Healthy weight.
Did you know that simply being overweight greatly increases your risk of, Heart Disease, A Swollen Heart,
Cancer, High Blood Pressure, Crushed lungs, Strained Joints, Diabetes and much, much more.
If You Are Obese, Your Risk Multiplies
(Did you know that some Area Health Authorities are now refusing none emergency treatment if you are obese)
Emotional eating is a broad term that implies that someone is eating for reasons other than hunger. Research studies suggest 75% of overeating is the result of emotional eating. Food has become the “drug of choice” to treat feelings of stress, anxiety or loneliness.
“Food becomes therapy” Says psychiatrist Dr. Debra Emmite. “We are medicating our feelings. Often people will ‘eat at someone’ with whom they are upset, hurt or angry. If you overeat often, chances are that food has become your body’s programmed response to factors such as stress, loneliness, boredom, or sadness.”
Identify WHY you are eating. What is the Perceived Deficiency that drives this behavior?
Understand the futility of this behavior and own the consequences of continuing this way.
Recognize the physical / chemical factors at play: hormones and neurotransmitters.
Choose to replace the current Belief System that leads to this behavior with one that drives healthier choices.
Choose to replace this behavior with a positive, constructive one that provides sufficiency in your essential needs and ultimately healthier outcomes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st century. Obese children and adolescents are at an increased risk of developing various health problems, and are also more likely to become obese adults.
The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of around one million school children in England every year, providing a detailed picture of the prevalence of child obesity. The latest figures, for 2014/15, show that 19.1% of children in Year 6 (aged 10-11) were obese and a further 14.2% were overweight. Of children in Reception (aged 4-5), 9.1% were obese and another 12.8% were overweight. This means a third of 10-11 year olds and over a fifth of 4-5 year olds were overweight or obese.
Data are also available from the Health Survey for England (HSE) which includes a smaller sample of children than the NCMP but covers a wider age range. Results from 2014 show that 31.2% of children aged 2 to 15 were classed as either overweight or obese.
What can I do if my child is very overweight?
There's lots you can do to help them become a healthy weight as they grow.
Very overweight children tend to grow up to be very overweight adults,
which can lead to health problems such as type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease and certain cancers.
Research shows children who achieve a healthy weight tend to be fitter,
healthier, better able to learn, and are more self-confident.
They're also less likely to have low self-esteem and be bullied.
As a parent, there's lots you can do to help your child become a healthier weight.
Sign Up to The Katonics Weight Loss Programme (NHS Choices)
The Programme will ensure your Son/Daughter gets all the Macronutrients and Micronutrients they need
whilst they lose their excess weight quickly and in a way that is easy for them to adhere to.
Once they are at a more healthy and ideal weight for their size and age, simply cease the Programme.
Why is everyone getting so fat?
The modern convenience foods of today – sugar and white flour products with hydrogenated vegetable oils – are key factors in the alarming rate of chronic degenerative diseases, learning disabilities, and dental disease. These denatured, processed foods do not provide sufficient nutrients to allow anyone’s body, especially children’s, to reach full potential of health, nor the proper functioning of the immune, nervous, skeletal, digestive, and reproductive systems.
At the heart of the problem: Sugar. Refined sugars, or simple carbohydrates, provide no nutritional value to your body other than to provide calories. When we consume processed carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar, it is absorbed rapidly into our systems and needs relatively no digestion time. Our blood and cells get flooded with sugar, and the result is a physical disaster.
Many researchers believe refined or processed, high glucose foods are the major dietary cause of all degenerative disease. The sugar surge depletes, replaces and uses up important vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It quadruples adrenaline output, inhibits immune functioning, lowers metabolism, raises cholesterol, and increases triglycerides. The glucose that is produced from refined foods gets stored as fat. The conversion process not only causes fatty deposits on your body, but also in your cells, on your arteries, and on your heart. Fat is even deposited in your liver, kidneys and other organs. The constant bombardment of blood sugar raises your risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, premature aging, and cancer.
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