Childhood Obesity and the 5-STEP plan

By: WunderGirl12 , 3:58 PM GMT on March 06, 2014

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Childhood Obesity and the 5-STEP plan

Childhood obesity, a very common, and problematic situation. Childhood obesity is brought on by poor food choices, not enough exercise, unhealthy eating habits, and poor self-confidence in the child. As a minor sufferer myself, (i'm not hugely obese, just a little overweight by 10lbs), I know that having good eating habits, healthy food choices, and a personal self-confidence in my person has helped me drop the weight and become more effective at making the right kinds of decisions. My proposed plan would be:

1. Make healthy food choices. For example, for breakfast eat yogurt with granola and a bit of fruit. Drink water with all meals. For lunch, eat a light sandwich, such as Jimmy Johns, and drink water with your meal. For dinner, eat a larger meal, but 75% of it needs to be vegetables. A nutritious and satisfying meal would include one side of green beans, mashed potatoes, corn, and with a 6 ounce piece of chicken. This nutritious meal is healthy, but also extremely satisfying.
2. Eat at a regular time. Preferably, 8am, 12pm, and 5pm.
3. Exercise frequently. Thirty minutes a day of moderate exercise helps boost metabolism and helps strengthen your muscles and heart. After each meal, do 5 minutes of VERY light exercise to increase the metabolism rate.
4. Have good self-confidence in the things you do. When you have a healthy mental state, the weight simply melts off because you aren't compensating with food for a poor mental health.
5. Be happy, and live normally. Go outside, and only use the computer for a short time during the day. Go outside, and do something else that you are interested in, instead of focusing on "surfing" the internet for useless things that bring you down.

If kids follow my 5 step plan, the childhood obesity will no longer become an issue. This plan also works with adults, and so far has been very successful for me. So, eat healthy meals at regular times, exercise for at least 30 minutes each day, and have a healthy mental state.

Thanks!!

Raven/WunderGirl12

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5. CloudyDay11
2:23 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Also the pain a person carries has a part. When you feel bad you eat to feel better. And then you get fat and feel bad again.
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4. GeorgiaStormz
3:29 AM GMT on March 09, 2014
Quoting 3. DukeOfWeather:

1. Make healthy food choices. For example, for breakfast eat yogurt with granola and a bit of fruit. Drink water with all meals. For lunch, eat a light sandwich, such as Jimmy Johns, and drink water with your meal. For dinner, eat a larger meal, but 75% of it needs to be vegetables. A nutritious and satisfying meal would include one side of green beans, mashed potatoes, corn, and with a 6 ounce piece of chicken. This nutritious meal is healthy, but also extremely satisfying.
2. Eat at a regular time. Preferably, 8am, 12pm, and 5pm.
3. Exercise frequently. Thirty minutes a day of moderate exercise helps boost metabolism and helps strengthen your muscles and heart. After each meal, do 5 minutes of VERY light exercise to increase the metabolism rate.
4. Have good self-confidence in the things you do. When you have a healthy mental state, the weight simply melts off because you aren't compensating with food for a poor mental health.
5. Be happy, and live normally. Go outside, and only use the computer for a short time during the day. Go outside, and do something else that you are interested in, instead of focusing on "surfing" the internet for useless things that bring you down.


1.I eat pizza, burritos, sandwiches, fries, milkshakes, lbs of chicken etc... I also eat lots of fruits and veggies, and drink tons of fluid (water and gatorade, with some juice, no soda)

2. I eat at 430, 730, 1130, 230, 630, 830. 5000cal a day minimum sometimes.

3. I excercise 5 hrs a day and swim 8-10 miles a day

4. My self Confidence is fine

5. I don't just go outside often, because i dont have time :'( I love surfing the web news for interesting information and knowledge and of course the all important wx stuff.

Must be why my weight is good.
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3. DukeOfWeather
2:10 AM GMT on March 09, 2014
Childhood obesity is brought on by poor food choices, not enough exercise, unhealthy eating habits, and poor self-confidence in the child.

That last one...not necessarily. A skinny kid could very well have poor self-confidence and still be skinny.

A better (but much broader) answer would be to say that poor psychology is at play in childhood obesity...which makes the problem seem much more complex.

Agree with Astro though, the obesity problem in America is made of mostly poor choices by rather lazy Americans.

However, a caveat, do not ever assume that of a fat person, the reason for being fat may be far different from your assumptions.
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2. Astrometeor
2:18 AM GMT on March 07, 2014
Good blog btw! Can't believe I forgot to put that in my first post.

I guess I should put in when I eat.

School day: 7 AM, 11 AM, 7 PM.

Other day: 12 PM, 3 PM, 8 PM. I tend to sleep late on non-school days. Typical teenager behavior.

Also, just for food in general. I don't necessarily aim for percentages or amounts of specific food groups. The phrase "everything in moderation" applies really well to eating healthy. Just knowing that you need more of the grains, then veggies and fruits, then nuts and meats and dairy, then a smidgeon of fats/butters/sugars is the easiest way to go at it.

But, it's important to find out what you like to eat. If you know that, then it is much easier to enjoy healthy foods. For some reason people think healthy food = nasty food. And that's just not true.
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1. Astrometeor
2:12 AM GMT on March 07, 2014
For some reason or another, the highest caloric-burning thing I do in my day is one hour of Calculus. Burns 200 calories (rough estimate).

To be fair, there is a small percentage of those who get screwed by their mothers. If the mother doesn't have a healthy eating cycle during pregnancy-this can make the child fat...and it can be very hard to lose the weight off.

Then you have genetic obesity, which is different but equally challenging.

But, most Americans are just plain lazy and rich. Too much food without the equalizer of burning the calories = buildup of fats.

Me? I'm a skinny white kid who has been given the benefit of high metabolism and I've played sports for my entire life, soccer for 10 years and Ultimate Frisbee for the last 4 years.
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