besity is a real problem throughout the western world. Our diet and our sedentary lifestyle has become a problem that seems almost unsolvable. It’s a serious epidemic.
Both children and adults suffer from obesity and the route cause is a lack of decent nutrition as well as a lifestyle that offers limited physical activity. Video games, mobile phones, television and a lot of modern technology whilst somewhat necessary, promotes an unfortunately very inactive lifestyle.
The problems with our diet and lifestyle start early in childhood and this makes the problem hard to deal with. Due to increasing convenience food availability and busier and faster paced lifestyle, it’s harder to control.
Childhood obesity is something we hear about a lot. The news usually has a story about the subject. As a society we are much less active than we once were and children are subjected to a lot more sugar, high fat and unhealthy meals than they once were. This combination has led to an increase in diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Schools are making a significant effort to help fight the problem. Healthier school meals, more options and a reduction of the cheaper, higher fat and sugary meals are now more commonplace.
The DASH Diet is just another solution to the obesity epidemic and is recognised and recommended by leading health organisations throughout the world. The DASH Diet is a balanced, low fat diet which focuses primarily on eating fresh fruits and vegetables. The plan limits things like sugar, red meat and sweeteners and instead focuses on high protein meals with plenty of fresh fruit and veg.
Although many people are trying to take steps to fight the obesity problem worldwide, unless drastic action is taken the diabetes, heart disease and obesity related death rates will continue to increase.
Medical care across the globe is struggling to keep up with the strain that obesity related illnesses put on them. The NHS in the UK, for example, is having to fork out billions of pounds a year to help fight the epidemic.
Many government bodies worldwide are doing a significant amount to try and promote a healthier lifestyle. However, despite their efforts it remains a real problem in the western world – and in other areas around the world too.
It will take a considerable effort by every individual to really tackle this problem. A balanced diet that offers as much nutritional value to the body as possible is what we should all be aiming for.
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