A fat child was not a common sight earlier but these days it’s a society that bears equal number of normal as well as obese/overweight kids. Another beauty is that, there are an equal number of parents too who are above normal weight ranges. Does this imply anything? Definitely! Maternal or paternal obesity increases the risk of obesity in the offspring and when both parents are obese, the risk is doubled. The newborn child can be sure that he/she is at a definite risk of weight gain during growing years if he/she doesn’t stick to appropriate lifestyle measures. Poor kids face the debilitating risk of overweight because of their parents’ attitude in life sometimes.
Once born into the world, the child considers his/her parents as a superhero mimicking their attitude and behaviour. Eating habits and lifestyle attitudes too are copied. Parents who eat healthy food rich in fruits and vegetables nurture the essence of nutritious food in their kids too. If not, these children grow up eating foods that they like unfazed by the calories, nutrient contents and health surrounding it. Not engaging in daily physical activity, regular exercising schedule and a sedentary lifestyle puts all the family members at a higher risk of weight gain. Whereas, families who engage in outside play making it a joyous affair reap potential benefits.
Kids, adolescents and young adults who have been obese since childhood through to middle age are twice at an increased risk of facing difficulty with daily tasks such as lifting, climbing stairs or even shopping by the age of 50. Nutritionists and physicians advice individuals to lose their excess weight before 30 years of age or at least by 40 years as it proves to be a tough task to lose weight as one grows old. Blame it on metabolic rates, your lifestyle, food intake or reduced exercising capacity. Metabolism plays a crucial role in body weight and there are questions on whether we could change our body’s metabolism. Get an answer by visiting www.firsteatright.com.
On analysing data from more than 8,000 individuals it was clearly proved that obesity at any age in adulthood is linked to a greater risk of poor physical functioning at the age of 50. For instance, when a woman weighs 8 kg more than her expected weight for her height, she is at a 32% increased risk of poor physical functioning. Longer the obesity duration greater is the physical functioning risk. Individuals who become obese in middle age face minimal risk-for instance, men who enter obesity between 45 and 50 years of life face a 50% increased risk whereas for women it is more than 75%. That’s primarily because individuals who are obese for a longer time are also likelier to have a higher BMI by the age of 50. This study result is of extreme importance as it helps in predicting the impact of obesity in the quality of life of individuals over 50 years. Trouble bending, walking or even dressing shows that the person might become a dependent in the ensuing years if the same situation continues to worsen. Individuals need to take better care of themselves right from early years to lead an independent life even during their old age.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.