BY OLIVIA MARIE CHEONG YEE YAN
Have you ever wondered what the main causes of obesity are? How about the effects? Want to lend a helping hand to people who are suffering from obesity? Well, this is the post for you.
At LemonSqueeziy, we not only provide you easy ways to live your life. We are also passionate about an issue that is prevalent worldwide – Obesity (especially among youths).
Obesity is defined as having excess body fat based on a particular height.
Based on statistics, the percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.
Effects of Obesity
According to Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Obesity can lead to health issues like:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Joint problems including osteoarthritis
- sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- metabolic syndrome
Cancer – Women: Breast, colon, gallbladder, uterus. Men: Colon and prostate
Studies suggest that youths with obesity are also more likely to be involved in bullying – both as victims and as culprits of teasing, name-calling and physical bullying than normal weight children.
According to Stanford, youths suffering from Obesity also suffer from psychosocial problems. In modern culture, the ideal image of physical attractiveness is to be overly thin. Obese people are often considered lazy or weak-willed. People shun them and hence they have limited or no romantic relationships. They also find it difficult to find a job due to discrimination resulting in low income.
So, to everyone who is obese, don’t suffer alone. Your parents, doctor and teachers can help you. If you don’t want to talk to anyone, talk to a trusted adult or friend.
You can also participate in physical activity such as walking instead of taking transport and cultivate healthy lifestyle habits like healthy eating. Or, go out to enjoy yourself with friends or loved ones. Basically, just do something to distract yourself. Don’t eat for the sake of eating – because you feel unhappy. This will definitely lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related health diseases.
That’s it. To seek help for Obesity, contact:
Singapore General Hospital, Outram Road, Singapore 169608
Tel : +65 6321 4377
International Enquiries, please contact:
Tel : +65 6326 5656
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org