It is common to find obese children around these days. During this Chinese New Year, obese children were in my home village. At the Kanching Forest Reserve recreational park, obese children were seen here and there.
Why are there so many obese children around?
The common answer given and held by many is genetic. The argument is that since the parents are obese, it is only naturally that they are also obese.
Very rarely do people think whether obesity is related to the processed food taken daily. Were their parents obese when they were young? Very unlikely. It is more likely that both parents and children are taking the same food that causes obesity.
What are these processed foods? The main ones are white rice, noodles, modern farmed and processed chicken. In particularly, many children like to take fried chickens at the fast food stores.
How does modern farmed and processed chickens relate to obesity? It is because growth hormone is used in chicken farming. The hormone remains in the chicken served. When you consume a lot of chicken, what will happen? Your body accumulates the extra body weight.
How can one get rid of the extra body weight? I have seen parents seeking medical treatment and children are prescribed medicine to be taken daily.
What if you or your children like to reduce body weight naturally and effectively?
First, reduce taking the obesity causing foods.
Second, practice fasting once or twice a week.
No children like to be obese. My nine-year old nephew told a villager not to call him “Fei Chai” or obese child.
So, help out our children to maintain a reasonable body weight. Let’ change our old habit of unhealthy eating that causes obesity.