Name: Donnell Hicks
Title: Obesity the Common Enemy and the Importance of Staying Healthy
Obesity is a major issue confronting Americans at the moment. It’s affecting everybody, from adults and young adults to children. We all realize with obesity comes a high risk of health ailments such as:
· Heart Disease
· High Blood Pressure
· High Cholesterol
· Kidney/Liver Failure
· Sleep Apnea
Some people assume that being overweight is gorgeous, yet they don’t know down the line their health starts to diminish from lack of exercise and dieting. Some people take minerals, vitamins, and nutrients assuming that they will take the place of healthier foods such as grains, lean meat, and vegetables.
There are fitness commercials and health campaigns led by pro athletes to health fitness trainers and even First Lady Michelle Obama with her “Let’s Move” campaign that are designed to combat adult obesity preventing further childhood obesity in America. These health campaigns serve to educate parents on the importance of keeping their child/children involved in after school activities instead of having the child come home sitting in front of the television set eating their lives away with junk food. Some parent feels as if their child becoming overweight is a beautiful thing to have. Honestly, it is not even worth it.
Down the road a child will be teased by their peers who will lower their self-esteem because obesity has taken over their lives. The parent must encourage their child to exercise in order to live a prosperous prolonged healthy lifestyle when they become elderly. Not only will exercise benefit them physically, exercising and eating right on a strict diet are also wonderful for the mind and spirituality. By eating the right kind of foods, the mind will become at ease causing you to be less stressful. Exercising and keeping a healthy body are also good for the main parts of the body like the heart, the lungs, kidneys, and the liver.
According to www.livestrong.com, whether obesity is within an adult or a child it will certainly affect everyone involved if the person doesn’t take the necessary precautions by getting the appropriate amount of nutrients, exercising right, and maintaining a strict diet. In America, there are 31% of adults and 18% of children who are obese (www.medicinenet.com). Nonetheless, the human body is very significant. Each person ought to treasure their bodies with happiness and keep healthy. Every person should do what they feel is right in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle if he/she wants to live longer. There are elderly people in their 60’s and 70’s maintaining perfect health and even actresses and actors in the entertainment industry like singer Tina Turner and actress Jane Fonda who are keeping to good health.
Last but not least, parents needs to do more by setting goals and examples for their child(ren) in regards to living a healthier life. A child will look up to the parents for guidance as a role model to lead him/her down the right road. As stated, obesity is a major problem amongst children, young adults, as well as older adults. Either way it goes, everybody should ban together to combat obesity before it is too late.