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Obesity Affects the Whole Body

2016 is the year of fighting obesity. Just as well, as excess weight is affects an increasing number of people and it is not without adverse health implications. What can we do to eliminate the problem?

The root cause of morbid obesity is an unhealthy lifestyle, concerning not so much individuals but whole families. Some have a genetic disposition for being overweight – they have to be extra careful from an early age.
However, even those with an inherently lean genetic make-up could end up overweight – all it takes is more input than output in your calorie count.
There are many culprits behind the energy unbalance that builds up the flab: a sedentary lifestyle, an increased intake of sugar and sweets, constant snacking and consuming sugary soft drinks instead of water.
The best preventive measure against obesity is a negative energy balance through regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Obesity is more than an aesthetic problem – it is the source of a range of diseases and chronic health conditions. The excess weight is a burden for the muscles and joints to carry and move around, spiralling into a vicious circle that is so hard to break – that is why it’s important to get used to a healthy regimen, diet and lifestyle in early childhood.

Good to Know

- 28% of Hungary’s population are clinically obese; we are next in line after the United States and Mexico.
- Every fifth child in the 2-17 age group are overweight.
- Overeating at Christmas and Easter doesn’t make much of a difference! Obesity is the result of an unhealthy daily routine and diet. It takes more than a week’s feasting to put on a morbid amount of weight.
- Stress, environmental pollution and lack of sleep are also contributing factors in obesity.
- Obesity has serious psychological implications.
- It is a proven fact that we are likely to eat 30 percent more of something that we believe is labelled as ‘diet’ or ‘light’.
- Withdrawing food is not the way to make children lose weight – more exercise and an active lifestyle is the better solution.
- Get professional help! If you feel that you cannot change your diet for the better alone ask for professional advice.

What to do?

Doctor’s Orders - Dr. Noémi Csoszánszki MD, paediatric gastroenterologist

Our main source of energy comes from an excess amount of fats and carbohydrates, mostly due to a corrupted sense of taste and harmful cooking processes. For quenching thirst, nothing beats a glass of water. Fat free cooking methods should be preferred to deep-frying. The best choice for a meal is a nourishing dish with high fibre content, dressed with a low fat sauce or topping.
It pays off to introduce natural flavours in the family diet, so that children are conditioned to enjoy and crave the taste of a healthy diet. Fruit is healthy but still needs to be consumed with caution: bananas, prunes and dried fruit have a high sugar content and are not recommended for overweight children. According to the latest research milk should not be introduced in a child’s diet before they turn 2 or 3 years old - not only to fend off lactose intolerance but also to avoid unnecessary weight gain. Baby milk (milk substitutes) and fermented dairy products are best to avoid excess protein in an infant’s diet.