Also, there is now much more information about the ways in which people can buck a fatty lifestyle. The reason that this doesn’t happen, is because a lazy lifestyle that facilitates obesity is much easier than a discipline lifestyle that promotes health.According to the Denise Winterman in her BBC article “Child Obesity, Why do parents let their kids get fat?,” parents struggle with several factors when it comes to controlling their children’s weight. “They range from a lack of education about food, limited cooking skills and limited money to buy healthier food to longer working hours and marketing campaigns for junk food aimed at kids,” (par. 9). There is also a greater assortment of entertainment for the children. Many of them would much prefer to stay at home and watch TV or play video games than go to a park, for example. Suzuki logo In fact, a study said 75 per cent of children would rather stay home than go to a park, (par. 10). Eighty-nine per cent of the kids that are staying home spend their time watching TV. But the preferences of the children shouldn’t be used as an excuse by parents not to enforce discipline on their activities. While the societal factors that lead to these obese children are becoming ever accommodating of obesity, the information available about the detriments of an unhealthy lifestyle are also increasing.
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Also, many parents feel that they aren’t in control of their children: “a lot of his eating habits were out of my control. He would eat too much when he was at school and then come home and eat whatever was around, even cook big means for himself,” (Winterman, par 14). Suzuki logo There is no improvement in sight, as the number of people who are overweight or obese is rising. A University of Maryland Medical center report “Obesity,” by Steven Ehrlich states that more than half of American adults will be obese by 2030 if the current trend continues, (par. 2). The amazing thing about the obesity epidemic is that the cure is known. Nearly everyone is aware that a healthy diet and regular exercise will cut the fat off of them.
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But it is difficult for many people who are overweight to keep it off. People sometimes lose the weight but then they fall back into bad habits. It appears that in most cases, the real problem is people’s willpower. Suzuki logo Those same people that were unable to resist the tasty cheeseburgers and delicious French fries are the people who are unable to stay disciplined after a diet. A few weeks of healthy diet and exercise is only effective for two weeks. The duration that someone lives a healthy lifestyle is equivalent to the duration that someone is fit. A general rule of thumb for people who don’t understand the basic principles of not being overweight, is that one must burn more calories than they consume, in order to be in a healthy weight category.